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World Evo Morales Offers to Sit Out Bolivia's Next Election

15:15  20 november  2019
15:15  20 november  2019 Source:   online.wsj.com

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Evo Morales , the exiled former president of Bolivia , said he is willing to sit out the country’ s next presidential election if he can finish the last few months of his In an interview Tuesday with The Wall Street Journal, the former Bolivian leader laid out what he said was a compromise solution to end the

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MEXICO CITY—Evo Morales, the exiled former president of Bolivia, said he is willing to sit out the country’s next presidential election if he can finish the last few months of his term and, together with the opposition, name a new electoral authority to oversee a fresh vote to choose a new leader.

In an interview Tuesday with The Wall Street Journal, the former Bolivian leader laid out what he said was a compromise solution to end the country’s political crisis, which began when the opposition and international observers accused him of trying to stay in power for a fourth consecutive term through a rigged ballot in the Oct. 20 elections.

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Mr. Morales, 60 years old, resigned Nov. 10 after growing turmoil in the aftermath of the vote prompted the head of the armed forces, Gen. Williams Kaliman, to recommend publicly that the president resign. Facing the loss of support from the security forces as demonstrations mounted against him, Mr. Morales resigned and left Bolivia in what he now calls a coup.

Since his departure, Bolivia has been racked with violent protests as his supporters clash with the de facto government led by interim President Jeanine Añez, who has promised new elections in coming months. Since Oct. 30, 27 people have died, the state human-rights ombudsman’s office reported.

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Evo Morales sitting on a bench posing for the camera: Bolivia’s former president, Evo Morales, has been given asylum in Mexico. © Jordi Ruiz Cirera for The Wall Street Journal Bolivia’s former president, Evo Morales, has been given asylum in Mexico. “The mobilized people’s resounding demand is that the dictatorship should step down,” said Mr. Morales, referring to Ms. Añez’s interim government. “That means we finish our term, and in exchange we won’t be a candidate [in the next election]. … If it’s a matter of peace, so no more lives are lost, no problem, I renounce” the candidacy.

On Tuesday, three people were killed when protesters tried to storm a key fuel depot outside La Paz. Thousands of Mr. Morales’s supporters have tried to block fuel and food from reaching the capital in an attempt to force Ms. Añez from power. Mr. Morales has egged them on from Mexico.

“To the workers and the Bolivian people: This is a de facto government and not a transition government,” he wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “With repression, they are killing our people. They are traitors to our country.”

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Evo Morales was born in a rural village in the western Oruro region into a family from the Aymara indigenous group. Mr Morales first ran for president in 2002, promising to govern in favour of Bolivia ' s indigenous people, who had suffered centuries of marginalisation and discrimination.

Evo Morales was once regarded as Bolivia ’ s transformative leader, a defender By bending election rules and declaring victory after a disputed election last month, he provoked weeks of But the offers fell on deaf ears. Isolated and visibly shaken, Mr. Morales on Sunday read a brief resignation letter.

Mr. Morales, who had ruled 14 years and is one of Latin America’s longest-serving leaders, said in the interview that the unrest would continue unless the two sides could reach a compromise and he could fly back to Bolivia.

“My great wish is to return quickly to Bolivia,” he said, adding that his presence in Bolivia is important to pacify the country.

Mr. Morales said he was “worried and sad” in exile in Mexico, whose president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, provided him with asylum and a platform to speak out about Bolivia’s politics. He said he is keeping a full schedule, meeting with Mexican officials and fielding phone calls from abroad.

He appears to be staying at a military base where he gets up at 6 a.m. to jog and exercise. After the interview, he said he was headed to a dinner at the embassy of Venezuela, whose far-left president is Washington’s main antagonist in South America. Mr. Morales said he looked forward to engaging in animated political discussions there.

Political analysts say the Bolivian interim government and the military are unlikely to trust that Mr. Morales wouldn’t want to stay in power if he returned.

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“It’s interesting that he would say that [he won’t be a candidate], but I don’t think anyone in Bolivia will take it too seriously because they simply don’t trust him,” said Eduardo Gamarra, a Bolivia expert at Miami’s Florida International University. “I don’t think anyone is going to allow him to return to be president again, because it would mean the current president and cabinet resigning and returning to the status quo ante.”

Mr. Morales’s downfall began the evening of the Oct. 20 election, when 83% of the votes had been tallied and showed that his main adversary, Carlos Mesa, had forced a second round, which pollsters said Mr. Morales could lose. That’s when the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, under the control of the ruling party, stopped publishing returns. When the vote-counting resumed a day later, Mr. Morales’s lead gradually increased nearly to the 10 percentage points he needed to avoid a runoff. Three days later, on Oct. 23, Mr. Morales announced he had won.

A team of 36 election experts of 18 different nationalities from the Organization of American States, which had been invited to monitor the vote, found “serious irregularities” and suggested the vote be scrapped and new elections called.

In the interview, Mr. Morales said he won the election fairly and denied fraud. He called for a “truth commission” on the election made up of the Vatican, the United Nations and the U.S.-based Carter Center, a pro-democracy group started by the former U.S. president.

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Mr. Morales said the greatest obstacle to his return to Bolivia is what he asserted is an alliance between his right-wing opponents in Bolivia and the U.S., which has been a frequent target of his revolutionary rhetoric throughout his career.

“I have been told from people in a position to know that the Americans don’t want me back in Bolivia,” he said. “Why do the gringos fear an Indian?” he said laughing, using a slang term in Latin America for Americans.

Mr. Morales, who says he is in contact with allies back home, said he had received hundreds of messages from supporters, mayors and assorted officials who plead with him to return. “Evo, come help pacify us,” Mr. Morales said, recounting the messages.

Mr. Morales, who rose in prominence leading the union for growers of coca, first came to power in January 2006, as part of a leftist wave in South America that included Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, Rafael Correa in Ecuador, Néstor Kirchner in Argentina and others. Mr. Morales was re-elected twice, in 2009 and 2014.

His government was marked by social progress. Economic growth averaged more than 4%, among the highest in the region, and poverty fell fast. But he also increasingly ruled autocratically, said some of his old allies and political analysts.

When Mr. Morales lost a 2016 referendum that forbade him to seek a fourth term, the Supreme Court, whose justices he controlled, ruled that preventing him from running violated his human rights.

When asked if he was another in a long line of Latin American caudillos, or strongmen, who want to stay in power for good, he said that his consecutive terms were a rare period of political stability in a chronically unstable country, which had five presidents in five years before he was elected.

In a country like Bolivia, Mr. Morales said, economic development depends on political continuity. “It’s the wish of the people,” he said. Asked how the people expressed their will, he said the ballot box.

Write to Juan Montes at juan.montes@wsj.com and José de Córdoba at jose.decordoba@wsj.com

Former Bolivian president Evo Morales says he will not run in new elections after bowing to pressure to step down .
Bolivia's former President, Evo Morales, said that he is willing to return to the country and not run in the next election for the sake of peace and stability if his resignation is accepted. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Morales, who was in power for nearly 14 years, accepted an offer of political asylum from Mexico after resigning Sunday amid allegations of "serious irregularities" during last month's election and pressure from the country's armed forces.

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