WSJ: Morales says he won’t participate in the next elections if they remain in office

WSJ: Моралес говорит, что не будет участвовать в следующих выборах, если останется на посту

Mexico city — Former President of Bolivia, Evo Morales said he was ready to refuse participation in the next presidential election, if they would give him the opportunity to spend a few months in office until the end of the term together with the opposition to appoint a new electoral Commission that organizes the presidential elections.Giving Tuesday interview with the “wall street journal”, the former leader of Bolivia outlined a compromise, as he put it, a decision that will put an end to a political crisis in the country. The crisis in Bolivia started after the opposition and foreign observers have accused Morales of trying to remain in power for a fourth consecutive term, for which he went to the falsification of the past October 20 election.60-year-old Morales November 10, resigned when occurred in the country after vote chaos forced the commander of the military forces of General Williams Kaliman (Kaliman Williams) publicly recommend to the President to leave his post. Without the support of the security forces in an expanding anti-government demonstrations, Morales resigned and left Bolivia, calling the incident a coup.After his departure Bolivia shaken by strong protests. Supporters of the Morales fight with the new government, headed by interim President Jeanine Agnes (Jeanine Añez). She promised that in the coming months the country will hold new elections. According to the state Commissioner for human rights on 30 October in the country killed 27 people.”The people rallied loudly demands that the dictatorship has gone, ‘ said Morales about the provisional government Agnes. It means that we finish his term, and in return will not nominate a candidate [for the next election]… If there is a question about the world, that more people are not killed, no problem, I will resign”.On Tuesday, three people were killed when protesters tried to storm important storage of fuel, located outside of La Paz. Thousands of Morales supporters tried to prevent the delivery of fuel and food to the capital and force Agnes to renounce power. Morales encourages them from Mexico.”The workers and the Bolivian people: this is the de facto government, not a transitional government, — he wrote on Tuesday on Twitter. — They carry out repression, they kill our people. They are traitors to our country.”Morales, who ruled Bolivia for 14 years, and has become one of the major long-lived in power in Latin America, said in an interview that the unrest will continue unless the parties come to a compromise, but he will not return to Bolivia.”I really want to go back to Bolivia,” said the ex-President. According to Morales, his presence in Bolivia will help to restore order and peace in the country.Morales said that while in exile in Mexico, he is “anxious and sad”, although the President of this country, andrés Manuel lópez Obrador has provided him with shelter and a place for discussions about the politics of Bolivia. He stated that he is very busy holding meetings with Mexican officials and answering phone calls from abroad.It seems that Morales lives on a military base, getting up at six in the morning by Jogging and doing exercises. He said that after the interview, goes to lunch at the Embassy of Venezuela, whose leftist President is the main opponent of Washington in South America. Morales said that he will be there for a lively political discussion.Political analysts say that the interim government of Bolivia and the military are unlikely to believe that Morales does not want to stay in power in the event of a return.”Curious about his statement that he will not stand as a candidate. But I think, in Bolivia, no one will take it seriously, because he just doesn’t trust you, — said the expert on Bolivia Eduardo Gamarra (Gamarra Eduardo), working at the International Institute of Florida in Miami. — I don’t think he will return and again to become President, because it would mean that the incumbent President and Cabinet should resign, and return to the situation that existed previously.”Drop Morales began the evening of 20 October, during the election, when it was estimated 83% of the vote, it became clear that the second round will be held, in which, as show polls, Morales had to lose to its main rival Carlos Mesa (Carlos Mesa). At this point, the Supreme electoral Tribunal, under the control of the ruling party have stopped publication of the voting results. The next day, when the counting resumed, the margin of Morales from the opponent gradually began to increase and reached almost 10%, which was necessary to him to prevent a second round of voting. 23 Oct Morales declared victory.A team of 36 experts from 18 different nationalities, directed the Organization of American States to observe the elections, found “serious violations” and offered to cancel the vote and call new elections.In an interview, Morales said that he won honestly, and that no fraud was not. He demanded to convene a “truth Commission” for the elections, composed of representatives of Vatican, the United Nations and in the United States the Carter Center, which was established by former American President to promote democracy.According to Morales, the main obstacle to his return to Bolivia was the Alliance between his right-wing opponents of the Bolivian and the United States. Morales throughout his political career has been very critical of the United States, using fiery revolutionary rhetoric.”Knowledgeable people told me that Americans don’t want my return to Bolivia,” he said. “Why gringos are afraid of Indian?” — with a smile asked Morales.Morales maintains the relationship with its allies in Bolivia and said that his supporters, mayors and numerous managers at different levels have sent him hundreds of messages begging me to come back into the country. “They ask: Evo, come, help us to reconcile,” said Morales, explaining the contents of the received messages.Morales gained fame when he led the Coca growers Union. To power, he came in January 2006 on a wave of left-wing movements in South America. In Venezuela, this movement was led by Hugo Chavez, Ecuador’s Rafael Correa and Argentina’s Nestor Kirchner. Morales was re-elected twice: in 2009 and 2014.The government has made significant social progress. Economic growth averaged more than 4%, amongst the highest in the region, and the poverty rate was falling fast. But the rules of Morales increasingly autocratic, talking about his old allies and political analysts.When Morales lost the referendum, forbade him to go for a fourth term, obey a Supreme court judge issued a ruling stating that the ban Morales to run for office is a violation of human rights.Answering the question, not whether he was one of many Latin American caudillos, as they call dictators, seeking for life to remain in power, Morales said that it is in the chronically unstable Bolivia came a rare period of political stability, while prior to his selection in the country for five years there have been five presidents.In a country like Bolivia, said Morales, economic development depends on political continuity. “This is the will of the people”, — he stressed. Answering the question of how the people Express their will, the former President said he does this through the ballot box.

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