May 26, 2020

An important related union takes distance from Morales and asks him to resign

The Central Obrera Boliviana (COB), the largest union entity in the country and has been an ally of the Government in recent years, asked President Evo Morales on Sunday "to resign, if necessary" to pacify the country.

At a press conference in La Paz, the leader of the COB, Juan Carlos Huarachi, said that the call for new elections is also a request from his organization and that "they will not be complicit in the bloodshed."

He also called for reflection to the Bolivian people and leaders of all sectors to "convene the pacification of the country", before the radicalization of protests in favor and against the Government that already left three dead and more than 300 injured

Huarachi demanded that a new Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) be established with "impartial" members and the call for "urgently new elections" to avoid further violence.

Regarding the participation of President Morales in the new elections, the leader of the Bolivian Central Obrera declared that this possibility "is the competence of the new Supreme Electoral Tribunal."

In the early hours of this Sunday the Organization of American States (OAS) recommended holding "another electoral process" by showing "irregularities" in the elections of October 20, after which a fourth mandate of Morales was outlined.

"The first round of elections held on October 20 must be annulled and the electoral process must begin again," the OAS urged in a preliminary report.

Hours later, President Morales, in a brief appearance in which he did not cite the OAS report, announced the call for new elections with a renewed electoral body.

"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 stressed that he adopted this decision of new elections to "lower all tension" and "pacify Bolivia."

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