the Bolivian opposition ready its machinery for a national strike this Thursday after the decision of the Bolivian electoral court (TSE) to enable the president Evo Morales run for a fourth consecutive term (2020-2025), which has fueled the fear that Bolivia will become a "new Venezuela".
The influential Catholic Church was the first to react: "the TSE did not act as an autonomous power, calling into question the fundamentals of the democracy and opening an uncertain future for the Bolivians, "he said in a statement.
The TSE gave the green light on Tuesday evening a of left Morales, in power since 2006, will present the primary elections next January, an inescapable condition to participate in the presidential election of October 2019 for the constitutional period 2020-2025.
The court also authorized other candidates, such as that of opponents Carlos Mesa, Oscar Ortiz, Jaime Paz Zamora and Victor Hugo Cárdenas, although only on Morales was an objection of unconstitutionality.
The decision of the highest electoral tribunal set up a complicated political scenario, according to the sociologist and political analyst Carlos Borth, who believes that this could become "an institutional weakening and that we dangerously approach politics to what happens in Venezuela and Nicaragua" .
The main opposition leaders co-expressed their concern over the course of Bolivian democracy, especially since Morales lost a referendum in 2016, which he promoted, to ask the people's opinion to run new.
Despite this poll result, the ruling party has obtained that at the end of 2017 the Constitutional Court He gave Evo the go-ahead to run again, claiming it's a human right.
Citizens collect the stars on the roads to La Paz and the civic commissions are working at full speed a strike that would take place in at least six of the country's nine departments (Santa Cruz, Beni, Chuquisaca, Tarija, Cochabamba and Potosí). "We will stop to enforce the vote and because we want to live in democracy," said the leader of the influential civilian committee of Santa Cruz, Fernando Cuéllar, who insisted that the protest follow the 2016 referendum.
To try to prevent the opposition protests from escalating, the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) and pro-governmental unions have announced that they will close the ranks in favor of Morales.