Evo Morales's candidacy for senator is rejected in Bolivia

The candidacy of Evo Morales to senator for the May elections in Bolivia was rejected by the electoral body of the country, considering that it violates the requirement of permanent residence in the country.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Bolivia ruled on Thursday on a series of nominations, including that of Morales, whom it had observed on compliance with the requirements to attend the May 3 elections.

The president of the electoral tribunal, Salvador Romero, told a press conference in La Paz that the decision is "unappealable."

However, the candidacy of Luis Arce for president by the Movement to Socialism (MAS), the party of Morales, for the May 3 elections was admitted.

Both had been observed until clarifying if they fulfilled the requirement of residing in the country from at least five years before for the aspiring president, two in the case of senators and deputies.

Romero explained that in order to make the decision, aspects such as residency in the electoral roll of the candidate candidate were considered, where he develops his life and what is the effective residence, according to pronouncements as one of the Constitutional Court of Bolivia.

Morales presented his candidacy for senator in the Bolivian region of Cochabamba, where he began his political career as a deputy in 1997 and where he voted in successive elections until the elections last October.

The former president was considered the winner in those elections, then annulled among allegations of electoral fraud in his favor and reports from international organizations on irregularities in the process.

Evo Morales announced his resignation on November 10, denouncing a coup d'etat to overthrow him amid pressures from police and military commanders, among others, and the next day he left for Mexico, where he was isolated.

He then traveled to Argentina in December, where he remains after requesting shelter and from where he acts as MAS campaign manager for the elections in Bolivia.

Former Minister Luis Arce also traveled to Mexico asylum in December and then to Argentina, from where he returned to Bolivia in January.


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