After learning of the resignation of the self-proclaimed de facto president of Bolivia, Janine Áñez, to stand as a presidential candidate, the indigenous leader and deposed Bolivian president, Evo Morales Ayma, said that she withdrew to negotiate “impunity”, after corruption scandals and crimes against humanity and human rights.
“As we had warned, Áñez resigned to her failed candidacy with a double betrayal of her militants and candidates. She had decided to do it long ago, she only needed to negotiate her impunity,” Morales wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday.
BREAKING: Bolivia's self-declared President Jeanine Añez has withdrawn her candidacy following poor approval ratings for her regime. She has not endorsed another candidate, but says that if the pro-coup right does not unite, then 'Morales returns'. pic.twitter.com/yQCeQ3iA2p
— Kawsachun News (@KawsachunNews) September 18, 2020
Áñez announced -minutes before- that she was withdrawing her candidacy for president in the general elections scheduled for October 18 of this year.
In another message on the aforementioned social network, Morales denounced that the price of Áñez’s new alliance is “impunity” for her acts of corruption in the midst of the pandemic and the killings in Senkata (El Alto) and Sacaba (Cochabamba ), where peaceful protesters, demanding the return to the Presidency, were repressed and killed in infamous massacres.
Está claro que el precio de su nueva alianza es la impunidad por los escandalosos casos de corrupción en medio de la pandemia, por el genocidio de Senkata y Sacaba y por el economicidio al que ha sometido al país.
— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) September 18, 2020
At that time (November 2019), Evo Morales’ supporters were repressed by the military and police, leaving about thirty dead and dozens injured.
The decision to resign from Áñez comes a day after an electoral poll, the most extensive published so far in the country, predicted the candidate of the Movement for Socialism (MAS), Luis Arce, as the winner in the first round of the elections.
Featured image: Photo courtesy of “La Vision”.