MAS victory is essential for return of democracy to Bolivia

Havana, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) There is less than a week for general elections in Bolivia, a key process for the return of the political normality fractured by the coup d’état that forced President Evo Morales to resign in November 2019.

Surveys are clear, the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) and its candidates to the presidency and vice presidency of the republic, Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca, are the great favorites to win the elections; however, the right wing is articulating a series of actions to prevent the progressive forces from returning to power.

There are two major scenarios, according to the movements of the political forces opposed to the MAS: one that is prepared to react in case of a victory by that group in the first round, as predicted by surveys, and another one with a second round favorable to the anti-MAS coalition.

The number of variables related to an electoral process that might conclude on Sunday, and the majority popular support for the MAS, are reasons enough for the right wing to consider the use of force (police, army and shock forces such as the Coachala Youth Movement), in order to not surrender power after a defeat in the polling stations, as denounced by several Bolivian progressive activists and politicians.

The Government’s repression of social movements and organizations that support the MAS and are discontent with the performance of the de facto government has been a constant since the coup d’état that overthrew Evo Morales, some critics noted.

The de facto government in La Paz has tried to create a climate against the MAS by accusing it of attacking the health of Bolivians by blocking financial assistances and medical supply chains, under the pretext of the health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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