April 14, 2021

The Parlasur will ask to send an observation mission to the Bolivian elections



The board of the Mercosur Parliament agreed on Monday at its first meeting of the year in Buenos Aires to request the sending of a delegation from the Parlasur Democracy Observatory to Bolivia for the elections of May 3, official sources informed Efe.

The meeting of parliamentarians of Mercosur, an organization made up of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay and that has Bolivia as an associated country and with a Venezuelan delegation, was held in the Chamber of Deputies of the Argentine Congress and it emphasized a debate on democracy in the region.

Specifically, the main theme was the formation of an election observation mission that they intend to send to closely monitor the elections Bolivia faces in May, after the last ones ended with former president Evo Morales leaving the country and resigning after denouncing a coup to overthrow it.

Sources of Parlasur assured Efe that the approval of the request by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Bolivia will be necessary.

Although a mission of the agency was already present in the last elections, this time they intend for the new delegation to visit the Andean country at least twice before the election in order to speak with all the authorities and see the process more than close, as there is a “great concern” about the situation in Bolivia.

The meeting held on Monday was the first one chaired by the Argentine parliamentarian Oscar Laborde, and in it the planning of the activities of the plenary of the Parlasur for the exercise of this year was discussed.

On the situation in Bolivia, whose interim Presidency was in charge of Jeanine Áñez, Laborde said in statements to Efe that they are “very concerned about what a violation of the popular will would mean.”

“We do not want an irregular situation to be repeated, so the first decision is to work hard in collaboration for the election of Bolivia,” said the Argentine parliamentarian.

Another issue addressed during the day is the political and economic crisis in Venezuela, an issue that was discussed both in the meeting in the Chamber of Deputies in the morning and in the meeting with the Argentine Foreign Minister, Felipe Solá, in the afternoon .

From the Parlasur, which is part of a Venezuelan delegation of which official and opposition politicians participate, they unanimously agreed to resolve the situation “with dialogue” and without foreign intervention.

Therefore, they will promote a dialogue table where the Venezuelan members of the Parlasur are and expect them to reach agreements that “possibly include elections in Venezuela,” according to Laborde.

In addition, Mercosur parliamentarians agreed that they will hold their first plenary session on April 20.

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