The celebration of banished previous Bolivian President Evo Morales has named the prospects for its ticket in the country’s May elections, which will function as a rerun of a fiercely contested October vote.
Former Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca, a member of the Aymara indigenous group, was picked as the Movement for Socialism (MAS)’s presidential prospect, while coca farmer Andronico Rodriguez will sign up with the race as the vice-presidential prospect, celebration authorities and union leader Theodore Mamani verified to Reuters news firm on Friday.
He included that the selection was made a day previously by party consensus.
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The option may require to be rubber-stamped by Morales himself, in spite of Bolivia’s very first indigenous president presently being in exile in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires.
Later on Friday, Morales tweeted a document saying the 2 were “pre-candidates” along with two more of his close allies – Luis Arce Catacora and Diego Pary Rodriguez.
The celebration leader, who is disallowed from running for president again, published a photo of himself with the pre-candidates, minus Rodriguez who Morales said might not participate in the conference for security reasons.
Andronico Rodriguez, 30, is the vice president of a prominent coca farmer union [File: Danilo Balderrama/Reuters]
Senior MAS party authorities are set up to fulfill this weekend in Buenos Aires.
The ticket should formalise its involvement in the election to the electoral tribunal by February 3.
Hoy, en Buenos Aires, en reunión con los hermanos precandidatos, hemos firmado el Acuerdo por la unidad y el fortalecimiento del MAS-IPSP. #VolveremosYSeremosMillones pic.twitter.com/1fxBul3E3i
— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) January 17, 2020
TRANSLATION: Today, in Buenos Aires, meeting with my pre-candidate bros, we have signed the Contract for the unity and fortifying of MAS-IPSP.
Choquehuanca, 58, is a veteran indigenous politician who was born in the Bolivian highlands. Rodriguez, 30, is vice president of a popular coca farmer union in the city of Cochabamba.
Morales, a socialist icon who led Bolivia for almost 14 years, stepped down on November 10 after a disputed election victory triggered protests and caused allies, the police and the military pulling their support.
The nation has because been under the stewardship of a questionable interim federal government led by former Senator Jeanine Anez.
Bolivia’s electoral tribunal set May 3 as the date for fresh elections after a Company of American States (OAS) audit discovered severe irregularities in the way votes were counted in the contested October election.
After at first going to Mexico, Morales arrived in Argentina in December, where he has remained vocal on politics, regularly taking goal through his Twitter account at Anez’s federal government.