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Arce’s victory in Bolivia shows ‘blunt’ reaction against the coup

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São Paulo – The official results of the elections in Bolivia confirm the victory of the Movement for Socialism (MAS) candidate, Luis Arce Catacora. With 55.2% of the ballots counted until Tuesday morning (20), Arce has 48.7% of the valid votes, well ahead of ex-president Carlos Mesa (CC), who has a preference of 33.1 % of voters. Arce’s lead should expand, as the votes of the most distant regions are counted.

For international relations consultant Kjeld Jakobsen, these numbers inhibit any attempt to contest the result. “It was necessary that there was an overwhelming victory for the MAS ticket, so that there was no doubt or any kind of justification that could prevent them from returning to the government. This result is being achieved ”, he said, in an interview with Glauco Faria in Current Brazil Newspaper.

Still in the early hours of Monday (19), Bolivia’s interim president, Jeanine Añez, had already recognized Arce’s victory, based on exit polls. Throughout the day, Mesa also acknowledged that “there was a clear winner in this Sunday’s elections, which was Luis Arce”.

Even the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, congratulated Arce on the victory. The OAS played a prominent role in the 2019 coup, raising doubts about the fairness of the elections held that year. Based on these suspicions, part of the Bolivian population carried out violent protests against the then president. The coup was accomplished when the commander in chief of the Armed Forces, General Williams Kaliman, demanded Evo’s resignation.

Mobilizations

Jakobsen points out that it was the popular mobilizations, led by the Central Obrera Boliviana (COB), that guaranteed the holding of the elections this Sunday. Añez used the pandemic as a pretext for the successive postponements of the election.

He refutes the argument that uses the holding of these elections to deny the coup that took place a year ago. “It is even necessary to investigate and punish those responsible properly. Obviously in the spirit of reunifying Bolivia. But blows cannot go unanswered, ”he said.

Repercussions

The consultant says that the result of the Bolivian elections should have repercussions throughout the Latin American continent. It should have a special influence on the elections in Ecuador, scheduled to take place in February 2021. There, the situation is similar to Bolivia, as sectors try to ban ex-president Rafael Correa from public life, including with the use of donations. lawfare. On the other hand, there is also a “willingness to bring the good times back”.

Bolsonaro “‘ cold-footed ”

Jakobsen points out that the election of Arce in Bolivia confirms President Jair Bolsonaro as “a hell of a cool guy”. The ultra-rightist Luis Fernando Camacho, who called himself “Bolivian Bolsonaro”, is in third place in the partial counting, with about 16% of the votes.

“He (Bolsonaro) bet on Macri’s victory (in Argentina), and lost. You must have bet on Camacho, and lost. Surely, it will lose in November in the United States election as well. Who knows, the defeat of Trump may bring about some changes in the political order and in this foreign interference in Latin America. ”

Watch the interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF1F3hKNXLc

Writing: Tiago Pereira. Edition: Glauco Faria

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation

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São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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