Luis Arce, presidential candidate of the former Bolivian President Evo Morales’ Movement for Socialism (MAS) party, has claimed an outright win in the first round of Sunday’s presidential elections. A poll by the Tu Voto Cuenta initiative, broadcast by the Cadena A television channel, gives Arce 53% of the votes.
Bolivia’s fresh general election to elect President, Vice President, Senators and Deputies for the 2021/25 period is scheduled for this Sunday and for once, in several decades of the country’s political history, a key political player in the country’s political scene, former head of state, Evo Morales won’t be a direct participant as he is exiled in Argentina after leaving office in November last year.
Former Bolivian President Jorge Quiroga withdrew his presidential candidacy Sunday for the country’s general elections, set to be held within a week. Through a message posted on social media networks, Facebook and Twitter, Quiroga stated that it had dawned upon him that he had no chance whatsoever of winning.
Bolivia’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal rejected the senate candidacy of former President Evo Morales on Thursday, saying that he does not fulfill the requirement of permanent residence in the country. The court ruled on a series of candidacies, including that of Morales, ahead of national elections on May 3.
Bolivian President Evo Morales announced on Sunday, in a statement from Cochabamba, his resignation amid escalating protests following the country’s controversial October 20 election. Alongside Morales, Vice President Alvaro García Linera also announced that he is leaving his post. Subsequently, the former Bolivian president spoke about his resignation via his social networks.