"Breeze? What it feels like is the democratic hurricane in Latin America! Long live Bolivia, the liberator's favorite daughter, ”the interim president of Venezuela wrote on his Twitter account after Evo Morales, beset by protests, called for new elections.
The Venezuelan celebrated the triumph of the protests in Bolivia and the compliance with the recommendations of the OAS, whose audit detected "very serious irregularities" in the first electoral round of October 20 and demanded new elections.
In a brief appearance in which he did not cite this report, Morales said today that the new appointment with the polls will be held with a renewed electoral body, before the allegations of fraud in the first round of which the current one is accused. "I have decided to call new elections," said the president from the presidential hangar of the international airport of El Alto, a neighboring city of La Paz.
The president appeared accompanied by representatives of social movements related to his Government and said he had consulted them before making the decision. The head of state said he agreed to repeal all members of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, which the opposition and civic committees accuse of electoral fraud in the victory he granted Morales a fourth consecutive term until 2025.
In this regard, he said that the Bolivian Parliament, the competent body to renew the electoral tribunal, will soon begin the process to appoint new members. Morales said that the next electoral process, without specifying dates, will be carried out by “new political actors”. The president stressed that he adopted this decision of new elections to "lower all tension" and "pacify Bolivia."
Clashes between supporters and detractors of the president since the day after the elections began suspicions of manipulation of votes have cost at least three dead and 384 injured, according to data from the Ombudsman of Bolivia.