The Bolivian people have decided their destiny in vital elections, not just for the progress and political, economic and social stability of that nation, but also for the region, and in which the current president Evo Morales - according to all the official polls – holds all the winning tickets, despite the media offensive and violent actions that have tried to subvert the domestic order in the country and turn the electoral process against him.
It’s obvious that at this point nothing else could be expected. The courage, optimism, Morales’s faith in his cabinet and in his town, but above all, his work dynamic, his truthfulness, have put him at the head of his people and before the world as an example of dignity that the regional right-wing willing to please the United States and the U.S. government itself, with their Moroe-like outbursts, cannot forgive him.
In recent days, Evo Morales presided over a great march in El Alto city - the same that 16 years ago fought for the nationalization of gas against the government of President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and his vice president Carlos Mesa - and another rally in La Paz - as the closing of the campaign - and he looked confident and smiling, surrounded by thousands of people who followed him. He ratified the importance of being with those in need, listen to them, and learn from them.
His election campaign has suffered all kinds of attacks and setbacks but he has been unstoppable, solving key problems, dealing with new works and social projects and leaving aside the talk and empty actions of his opponents, some very well known to the people and not precisely because of his good deeds. Thanks to their direct and close work with municipal and local governments, international aid and hundreds of volunteers, a few hours ago it was confirmed that they were finally able to quench the fire outbreaks that remained in the Chiquitania region, although about that, the so-called large media have said nothing.
"There are no more heat spots or active fire in Chiquitania," said Cinthia Asin, secretary for the Sustainable Development and Environment of the Government of Santa Cruz, the same region where offices and establishments were violently assaulted a few weeks ago related to the Movement To Socialism (MAS) resulting in injuries to dozens of people, in the voice of the opposition candidate Carlos Mesa himself – what a coincidence? - should not choose violence as a form of action but they were “very brave” to express their dissatisfaction with Morales government.
Evo, however, has lived up to the standards of a leader who is only interested in keep on changing the lives of his people and the welfare of his country, and especially that of the poorest. That’s why he moves away from electoral talks to launch programs like the BDP-Lab that supports young entrepreneurs to have their own companies with seed capital and supports them with 30% subsidized housing loans, boosting not just youth unemployment but also that they can buy their own home.
He even travelled last week to the Potosí region, where the largest lithium reserves worldwide are found to promote a project that will allow them to become the largest producer of lithium batteries for electric vehicles and, at the same time, become a hub of economic environmentalist development with the direct participation of Bolivian students and engineers who receive training at a Technology Center, one of the kind in the country.
In early September, the indigenous president was also able to pass a law that guarantees access to universal and full healthcare to people suffering from cancer, and not just through the development of programs but also ensuring its infrastructure. He then ratified that Bolivia would continue to advocate, firstly, for more social policies, and here the Unique Health System (UHS) created during his period of mandate occupies an important place. The creation of this system made possible the construction of three nuclear medicine centers, equipped with the best technology to fight cancer in cities like El Alto, La Paz and Santa Cruz.
That is what the far right-wing cannot forgive to Evo Morales, that his government continues to work nonstop, that they are attacked and yet, continue to provide opportunities for the youngest, almost 30% of the entire Bolivian population, the same young people who in 13 years the government built more than 5,000 schools for them, increased the resources sent to universities as well as jobs, just to mention those examples.
They can’t forgive him that amidst all that, he speaks in the United Nations, signs agreements and promotes concrete actions with world leaders to favor the fight against the eminent problems of the climate change, and that without resorting to economic measures known as “paquetazos” he still invests in social resources while ECLAC confirms that the Bolivian economy – once again - will grow the most and achieve more stability in the region by the end of 2019.