Bolivia’s chief opposition leader on Sunday called for elections to solve the political crisis engulfing the country since a contested Oct. 20 vote which Bolivian government said was obtained by leftist President Evo Morales, sparking protests.
Former Bolivian President Carlos Mesa, the nearest rival to Morales in official vote tallies, stated, “The ideal solution for this catastrophe is a brand new election.”
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Mesa, 66, who dominated Bolivia from 2003 to 2005, stated his assistants will stay in the streets in peaceful protests before a remedy to the crisis is accomplished.
The two people were killed in unrest on Wednesday, the first deaths in a tense standoff operating for nearly a couple of weeks.
A Morales government spokesman didn’t immediately comment on Mesa’s call for new elections.
Morales, 60, has been in power for almost 14 decades. He had been announced the winner of this election by just over the 10 percent point margin required for outright victory, avoiding a runoff. The result was mired in controversy following the vote count has been stopped for a day once the election was headed for a run-off.
Following the vote count was restarted by police amid an outcry in the opposition, overseas authorities and election tracks, there was a sharp swing from the favor of Morales which gave him enough votes to prevent a riskier second around.