Election in Bolivia: Veto against the eternal Evo

Election in Bolivia

Evo Morales has lost his majority himself. From the idea of ​​the participation of all became power-preservation instinct, new impulses one does not trust him.

Evo Morales waves

Rather farewell as a prelude to another term Photo: Reuters

Although Evo Morales won the first round in Bolivia and celebrated Sunday night at 22h in the Palacio Quemado, it is a bitter victory. The declared goal of outperforming runner-up Carlos Mesa by 10 percentage points in the first round of voting and thus avoiding the second round of voting, he has missed. Although at that time, after counting a good 83 percent of the votes, there was still a vague chance that the votes from the rural areas of the country would give him the necessary percentage points, but this hope Evo had more or less exclusive.

Too clear were the projections of ViaCiencia, the only officially authorized agency that saw Evo Morales only about four percentage points ahead of his pursuer Carlos Mesa. Meanwhile, the candidate and all other candidates spoke of the runoff election, and Oscar Ortiz, the arch-conservative candidate of "Bolivia said no", also announced his unconditional support for the runoff election on December 15 – for Carlos Mesa.

The air is thinning for the eternal Evo and the 59-year-old has attributed to himself. Dialogue and participation, which characterized his first term, have fallen by the wayside. This is the responsibility of the two-thirds majority that has had its "Movement for Socialism" in both chambers of parliament for ten years. There was less and less negotiation and compensation – and more and more decided over the heads of the people. The verbally omnipresent participation has more and more dissolved in the air.

Holding on to power against the referendum on 21 February 2016, in which 51 percent voted against a constitutional amendment in favor of a renewed candidacy by Evo Morales, has also turned the election into a kind of further referendum against the incumbent president. Added to this are the not-so-positive economic prospects for the past three years, which have had a negative impact on the labor market. Many young voters simply do not trust the omnipresent Evo to be able to provide new impulses.

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