Bolivia, demand with roadblocks respect to electoral calendar
3 de agosto de 2020, 12:44
La Paz, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) The Central Obrera Boliviana (COB), the Unity Pact (an alliance of social organizations), and groups related to the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) are blocking important communication channels on Monday to demand respect for the electoral calendar.
Local media have been reporting since early morning on the interruption of traffic in accesses to the cities of Cochabamaba, Santa Cruz, El Alto and a dozen municipalities in different parts of the South American country.
The initiative was announced indefinitely by the COB and the Unity Pact last week to pressure the government to respect September 6 as the date for the general elections and not October 18 as the Supreme Electoral Tribunal unilaterally decided.
This would be the third time that votes have been postponed on the pretext of the critical health situation caused by Covid-19, an illness that has claimed the lives of more than three thousand Bolivians.
However, the Health Ministry is predicting the peak of the disease for October, so opponents of the de facto government see the change as politically motivated rather than humanitarian.
Unconstitutional President Jeanine Añez took power after the coup d'état against Evo Morales in November 2019 with a mandate to call elections within three months, but the continued postponements threaten a process that the country needs to return to normal, according to experts.
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