Evo Morales named candidate for Bolivian Senate

La Paz, February 5 (RHC)-- The democratically-elected President of Bolivia Evo Morales, who is seeking asylum in Argentina after a coup d'etat against him, has been named a candidate for senate.  "Our brother Evo Morales is on the official lists.  He is our candidate for the department of Cochabamba to the National Assembly," coca growers' leader, Leonardo Loza, stated today to the press in La Paz, adding that social organizations supported the candidacy.

With the announcement, Bolivia's former president is running as a candidate for the senate for the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) in the elections next May, despite the de facto government's attempts to prevent him from registering.  The registration took place in a convulsed context, since the Bolivian police arrested his legal representative, Patricia Hermosa, in charge of carrying out the procedures for the application.

Also, Wilfredo Chávez, the representant and political delegate of MAS, had to take refuge in the Argentinean embassy in Bolivia after the coup authorities tried to stop him from registering Morales.

The former Bolivian leader, who has been in Argentina since last December, where he has requested refuge, had stated through his Twitter account that the de-facto government was trying to prevent his name from appearing on the senatorial ballot. 

Evo Morales also tweeted that "the MAS-IPSP (Political Instrument for the Sovereignty of the Peoples) was the first party to present lists of candidates."

MAS registered its candidates for the presidency and vice-presidency of the country, Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca, respectively, in addition to their lists for the Plurinational Legislative Assembly.

The MAS list also includes former Foreign Minister Diego Pary, as the candidate for first senator for Potosi; the mayor of Vinto, Patricia Arce, as the candidate for second senator for Cochabamba; and deputy Betty Yañíquez, as the fourth pluri-nominal candidate for La Paz.

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Evo Morales calls for unity to recover democracy in Bolivia

Buenos Aires, Feb 4 (Prensa Latina) Former Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Tuesday that it is time for unity, and for the responsible and reflexive vote to recover democracy in his country.

A victim of a coup d'état in November 2019, the former president, who took political asylum in Argentina, lauded the leaders of the Movement toward Socialism (MAS) for their work in choosing the candidates for the upcoming elections.

In a message on his Twitter account, Morales praised that political force that he represents (MAS-IPSP), as the first party to present lists of candidates, he said.

'I appreciate the hard work of our leadership in their creation (of the lists). Perhaps everyone is not satisfied, but it is time for unity, for the responsible and reflexive vote to recover democracy and the homeland,' he stressed.

It was learned on Monday that the MAS had included Evo Morales in its lists as a candidate to the Senate in the May 3 elections.

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Coup Plotters Announce Morales Arrest Warrant With Irony

The de-facto Interior Minister also used ironic phrases to depict Evo Morales as if he were a criminal.

Wielding handcuffs on his hand, Bolivia's Interior Minister Arturo Murillo Wednesday announced that he asked Interpol to activate an international arrest warrant for former President Evo Morales who is accused of sedition and terrorism by the coup-based government led by Jeanine Añez.

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“Nothing is going to happen to you,” the de-facto minister said while challenging Morales to return to Bolivia where his “destiny” will be Chonchocoro, the maximum-security prison located in La Paz.

Currently, the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) leader lives in Argentina where he requested political refuge due to the persecution that a U.S.-backed government, which seized power by breaking democracy with the support of the Army, implements against him.

While Murillo did not provide details of the actions carried out to capture Evo, he said that "we are working in coordination with intelligence systems we have assembled into teams."​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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#Bolivia#Añez#DictaduraBoliviana Persecusion política en Bolivia: la dictadura de Añez anuncia investigación a casi 600 ex funcionarios del gobierno derrocado de Evo Morales....
 
Political persecution in Bolivia: the Añez dictatorship investigates 600 former officials of the Evo Morales administration. Justice Minister Alvaro Coimbra holds that this action is aimed at recovering assets related to corruption, terrorism, and drug trafficking.​​​​​​​
 

During his press conference, the de-facto Interior Minister also used ironic phrases to depict former President Morales as if he were a criminal.

"We are waiting for you. We are going to take you with love towards Chonchocoro where terrorists should be. There you will be supported and accompanying the FARC prisoner,” Murillo said referring to Facundo Molares, who is a former member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

These statements occurred in the context of rumors that Evo Morales would announce his return to Bolivia on January 22.

 

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Evo Morales introduces legal team to fight coup government's accusations

Buenos Aires, January 3 (RHC)-- The constitutionally-elected president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, introduced the team of professionals who will advise him on legal matters, and that could assume his defense regarding the legal accusations against him.

Lawyers Raúl Zaffaroni and Gustavo Ferreyra will integrate the team that will take on the legal role of defense and advice for Evo Morales to confront the de-facto government attacks that were imposed after the coup d'etat against the leader of the Movement to Socialism.

The legal team states that the current government has abandoned the world legal system by violating the elementary norms of international law by harassing embassies. Zaffaroni clarified that so far they will not handle any extradition request against the Bolivian president and that they only know of arrest warrants issued by prosecutors for the alleged crime of "sedition."

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Evo Morales meets with MAS party leaders in Argentina

Buenos Aires, December 29 (RHC)-- The constitutionally-elected president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, who was the victim of a coup d'etat last November, met Sunday with leaders of the Movement towards Socialism party (MAS) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to discuss the course of action for the 2020 election campaign.

“We started the meeting with the national, departmental and regional leaders of the MAS-IPSP, accompanied by some mayors and assembly members to coordinate and convene the National Expanded in January 2020, where the candidates for President and Vice President of our party will be named,” Morales said on his official Twitter account.

The meeting discussed aspects related to the presidential campaign next year, as well as the congress in which candidates will be appointed to the elections.  “Today in Buenos Aires begins the MAS-IPSP meeting with the participation of the leaders of the nine departments.  Also for two days, we met with the Unity Pact and at their request, we will carry out meetings with departmental leaders in the coming weeks," the leader of the party, who is isolated in Argentina waiting for his request to accept refugee, said on Sunday.

As head of the campaign, Morales stressed that his party will elect a “unitary candidate” at a meeting that is likely to take place in an Argentinean province near the border with Bolivia, according to MAS authorities.

During the presidential campaign, the candidate who is chosen by the MAS Congress will defend the same program presented by Evo Morales during the elections last October.

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Evo Morales affirms U.S. orchestrated coup to tap Bolivia's lithium

Buenos Aires, December 27 (RHC)-- Bolivian leader Evo Morales says he was forced from office by a U.S.-backed coup aimed at gaining access to the South American country's vast lithium resources.  The remarks came in an exclusive interview with AFP news agency, over a month after Morales resigned as president on November 10th following protests against his re-election.

"It was a national and international coup d'etat," Morales told AFP in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, where he has been living in exile since claiming asylum. "Industrialised countries don't want competition."   He said Washington had not forgiven his country for choosing to seek lithium extraction partnerships with Russia and China rather than the US.

"That's why I'm absolutely convinced it's a coup against lithium," he said.  "We as a state had begun industrialising lithium,  As a small country of only 10 million inhabitants, we were soon going to set the price of lithium."

"They know we have the greatest lithium reserves in the world of 16,000 square kilometres (more than 6,100 square miles)."  Experts say that the lithium reserves in Bolivia are widely thought to be of poor quality and the country lacks the infrastructure to exploit them profitably.

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Baltasar Garzon serves as Evo Morales' lawyer to invalidate warrant

Bolivia’s President in exile Evo Morales announced that Spanish jurist Baltasar Garzon will represent him in the efforts to invalidate the arrest warrant issued by the coup government.

"We formed an international team with Baltasar Garzon.  We will act legally against this arrest warrant, which is neither constitutional nor legal," Morales said.

This announcement was made from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) leader resides with political refugee status.

Former judge Baltazar Garzon acquired international renown in the late 1990s when he succeeded in arresting the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and attempted to convict him of crimes against humanity committed during his government.

On December 18th, Bolivia's coup regime led by Jeanine Añez issued an arrest warrant against Morales and accused him of sedition and terrorism.  To justify this paradoxical accusation, the U.S.-backed de-facto government presented a recording in which Morales was supposedly heard asking his supporters to fight against the Añez regime and block the roads to prevent the supply of food to the cities.

After being forced to leave his country due to a military uprising, which was later discovered to be motivated by economic rewards that the Bolivian far-right promised to security officers, Morales traveled to Mexico where President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador granted him political asylum.

Subsequently, once Alberto Fernandez assumed the presidency of Argentina on Dec. 10, the MAS leader traveled to this South American country and requested political refugee status.  “I have so much desire to be in Bolivia; however, comrades, leaders, and authorities ​​​​​permanently come to visit me… The best way to operate is still from Buenos Aires,” Morales said.

The contact between the Bolivian leader and former Spanish judge is not new. On Nov. 13, Garzon submitted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) a petition to allow Morales to be a candidate in the 2020 elections.

"We submitted this initiative due to the serious situation of violence in Bolivia, which forced President Evo Morales to go into exile in Mexico," Garzon said, as reported by local outlet La Razon.  At that time, the Spanish lawyer clearly stated that what was happening in Bolivia was the consequence of a coup d'etat.

"The military... rebelled and seized power. Therefore it can be said, without any doubt, that it has been a military coup. And this we express in the petition before the IACHR."

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Baltasar Garzon to Be Evo Morales' Lawyer to Invalidate Warrant

The Spanish jurist acquired international renown in the late 1990s when he succeeded in arresting the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Bolivia’s President in exile Evo Morales Thursday announced that Spanish jurist Baltasar Garzon will represent him in the efforts to invalidate the arrest warrant issued by the coup-born government.

RELATED: Coup Leaders in Bolivia Issue Arrest Warrant for Evo Morales

"We formed an international team with Baltasar Garzon... We will act legally against this arrest warrant, which is neither constitutional nor legal," Morales said.

This announcement was made from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) leader resides with political refugee status.

Former judge Baltazar Garzon acquired international renown in the late 1990s when he succeeded in arresting the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and attempted to convict him of crimes against humanity committed during his government (1973-1990).

On Dec. 18, Bolivia's coup-born regime led by Jeanine Añez issued an arrest warrant against Morales and accused him of sedition and terrorism.

To justify this paradoxical accusation, the U.S.-backed de-facto regime presented a recording in which Morales was supposedly heard asking his supporters to fight against the Añez regime and block the roads to prevent the supply of food to the cities.

After being forced to leave his country due to a military uprising, which was later discovered to be motivated by economic rewards that the Bolivian far-right promised to security officers, Morales traveled to Mexico where President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador granted him political asylum.

Bolivia: The hypocrisy of the European Union (EU) and other governments of the world justifies violent ruptures of democracy when their allies are not the ones affected​​​​​​​. They are hiding their business and interests. Bolivia lives a coup. The meme reads, "Bolivia at a glance. The international community is setting a dangerous precedent: the lack of unanimous and firm condemnation of coups d'etat."

Subsequently, once Alberto Fernandez assumed the presidency of Argentina on Dec. 10, the MAS leader traveled to this South American country and requested political refugee status.

“I have so much desire to be in Bolivia; however, comrades, leaders, and authorities ​​​​​permanently come to visit me… The best way to operate is still from Buenos Aires,” Morales said.

The contact between the Bolivian leader and former Spanish judge is not new. On Nov. 13, Garzon submitted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) a petition to allow Morales to be a candidate in the 2020 elections.

"We submitted this initiative due to the serious situation of violence in Bolivia, which forced President Evo Morales to go into exile in Mexico," Garzon said, as reported by local outlet La Razon.

At that time, the Spanish lawyer clearly stated that what was happening in Bolivia was the consequence of a coup d'etat.

"The military... rebelled and seized power. Therefore it can be said, without any doubt, that it has been a military coup. And this we express in the petition before the IACHR."

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