UN calls for peaceful elections in Bolivia

The polls give Luis Arce, former Minister of Economics of the ousted former president Evo Morales, as the favorite in the preferences, followed by former president Carlos Mesa, of the centrist Citizen Community alliance.

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He secretary of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, urged political actors Y social of Bolivia let’s celebrate “peaceful” elections Sunday already respect the results in the middle of a climate of tension to which a complaint of detention of a Argentine legislator.

One day from the crucial presidential elections, Guterres reaffirmed his support for to the aspiration of bolivians to perform transparent elections, credible, participatory e inclusive in a framework of full respect for civil rights Y politicianshis spokesman Stéphane Dujarric reported in a press release.

He also called for the electoral process to take place in an atmosphere of peace and for the results to be accepted by all political forces.

Roce with Argentina

Meanwhile, the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, denounced on his Twitter account that “Argentine legislators were mistreated when they arrived in La Paz to fulfill their duties as observers for Sunday’s elections. It is the direct responsibility of the de facto government of Jeanine Áñez to preserve the integrity of the Argentine delegation ”.

Fernández does not recognize the temporary mandate of Áñez, who took office after the resignation of Evo Morales to the presidency, who since December has been refuge in Argentina.

The day before, the deputy Federico Fagioli, from the delegation of Argentine parliamentarians – from Fernández’s party – was detained, according to the Ombudsman, Nadia Cruz.

The Minister of Government, Arturo Murillo, denied such detention, although he mentioned that Fagioli was told that he is not welcome to the country because he already entered the country last year and came to “interfere”.

It was a reference to the fact that he participated in a report on last year’s conflicts that left 36 dead and that questions the Áñez government.

Whether we like them or not. Everyone can enter Bolivia, but don’t interfere, ”said Murillo.

The authority emphasized that Fagioli entered the country at the request of the president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, Salvador Romero, and the Organization of American States (OAS).

Fagioli and other Argentine legislators were invited to observe the electoral process by Eva Copa, president of the Senate, dominated by the Movement for Socialism (MAS), the party of former president Morales.

Restlessness and polarization

Observers from five international organizations also arrived in Bolivia, including the UN, the European Union and the Carter Center.

The polls give Luis Arce, former Minister of Economics of Morales, as the favorite in the preferences, followed by former president Carlos Mesa, of the centrist Citizen Community (CC) alliance.

The Andean nation lives in a climate of unease about the elections, which in recent days caused many people to turn to the markets to supply themselves due to fear of possible conflicts after the vote.

Bolivia seeks to settle at the polls the political crisis and social outbreak generated at the end of last year after elections canceled due to suspicions of fraud, which led to the resignation of Morales and the rise of the interim government of Áñez.

The new coronavirus pandemic forced the elections to be suspended twice, raising political tension and causing the campaign to be marked by protests.

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