A new scenario with Áñez as a candidate agitates the electoral period in Bolivia

The announcement of the interim president Jeanine Áñez to attend the elections, despite having reiterated that she would not be a candidate, opens a new scenario that agitates the electoral process in Bolivia, where even the ethics of her candidacy are questioned.

Áñez adds another candidacy to a newly divided electoral space to face the Movement to Socialism (MAS) of Evo Morales.


The announcement of the nomination to the Presidency of Jeanine Áñez on Friday night was untimely, as it contradicted his assertion that he was not going to participate in elections.

In addition to snatching former president Carlos Mesa from his main ally, the SOL.BO group of the mayor of La Paz, Luis Revilla.

The party of Áñez, Democrats, and SOL.BO form one of the five alliances registered this Friday for the elections of next May.

Áñez's action was substantially a "strategic decision", in time to mention the famous phrase attributed to Machiavelli that "the end justifies the means," as political analyst Franco Gamboa told Efe.

This expert warns that beyond the ethical component of the pawned word, what Áñez seeks is "to counteract the probable fragmentation of the vote" of the groups that oppose the MAS of Morales and at the same time curb the "electoral irruption" of the presidential pair of this party, former ministers Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca.

On the other hand, Marianela Paco, who was Minister of Communication of Evo Morales, chose to question whether Áñez's decision shows consistency between his actions and his speeches, which claimed that a possible candidacy of his was a "speculation" and that it would be "Dishonest" to do so given the transitional role he assumed.

"It saddens to see that lack of values ​​and principles," said the former minister to Efe.


In the election last October and during the subsequent social and political crisis, the groups opposed to Morales praised unity slogans that opened the possibility of forming a large block to deal with the MAS.

Despite this, the picture shows at least five alliances contrary to the Morales party, which could be even more if one takes into account that there are still several political parties to register for the elections.

It remains to know what route the Third System Movement (MTS) will take, from the Governor of La Paz, Felix Patzi, National Unit of the businessman Samuel Doria Medina and other parties with authorized acronyms that mentioned that they would participate in the May 3 election.

Given this, Paco said that the fact that the groups that were against Morales remain divided shows that "personal ambitions can more than a purpose in favor of the entire Bolivian people."

On the contrary, for Gamboa this variety of parties states that "the middle class, the young and the center-right tendencies (are) those that want to take over the political system" and that Morales' ethnic-indigenous leadership has passed to a background".


The alternatives registered the day before the Supreme Electoral Tribunal are Together Avanzados, by Áñez; We believe, of the former civic leader Luis Fernando Camacho; Community Citizen, Mesa; Free 21, from ex-president Jorge Quiroga, and Jallalla Bolivia, from Leopodo Chui.

Behind some of those acronyms there are long-standing parties such as the Nationalist Revolutionary Movement (MNR) and Civic Solidarity Unit (UCS), condemned to disappear for not reaching 3 percent of votes in the 2019 elections and found in the annulment of those elections a subsistence opportunity.

Other groups such as the Left Revolutionary Front (FRI), the Christian Democratic Party (PDC) and the Social and Democratic Movement (MDS) reinvented themselves in alliances with names removed, something that makes it possible for them to participate in future elections without affecting their institutional existence

The MNR has been integrated into the alliance with Quiroga, UCS and PDC in Camacho and Mesa continues with the FRI.

"It is a manipulation that they do, they will be in their right, but another thing is when the Bolivian people decide," said the former minister.

For Paco, the possibility of the survival of several political parties is a sign of a "very benevolent" face of Bolivian democracy that allows these games to be accepted.

Gamboa, on the other hand, considered that "the recycling and clothing, apparently new, of old figures" is something that frequently occurs when an election is too close.

This name game was criticized from Argentina by former president Evo Morales, who considered in a message on Twitter that "there are only recycled parties that come from gonismo, banzerismo and falangismo", in reference to political stages of the country prior to his coming to power in 2006.

Gabriel Romano


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