Bolivia remains on the left. Luis Arce, the runner-up to former head of state Evo Morales, won the presidential election in Bolivia in the first round on Sunday with more than 52% of the vote, according to several exit polls.
The former Minister of the Economy, 57, is more than 20 points ahead of his main rival, the centrist Carlos Mesa, and ensures the return to power of the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) after the resignation in November 2019 of Evo Morales, accused by the opposition of electoral fraud.
Bolivia “has returned to democracy”, rejoiced the winner during a press conference in the company of its vice-president David Choquehuanca. “We are going to work for all Bolivians, we are going to set up a government of national unity,” he added.
Acting President Jeanine Añez congratulated Arce on her victory: “We do not yet have an official tally, but according to the data we have, Mr. Arce and Mr. Choquehuanca have won the elections,” a she said on Twitter.
According to a poll broadcast by the private channel Unitel, Luis Arce obtained 52.4% of the vote, against 31.5% for the former president Carlos Mesa (2003-2005), 67 years old. Another poll made public by the Jubileo Catholic Foundation credits the left-wing candidate with 53% of the vote, against 30.8% for his rival.
At the same time, more than seven hours after the closing of the polling stations, the official results were only known for 6% of them.
“A successful day for Bolivian democracy”
From Argentina where he is a refugee, Evo Morales claimed the victory of his party: “The MAS largely won the elections, including in the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. Arce is the president of Bolivia, ”he told reporters in Buenos Aires where he lives.
Since the end of the voting operations, which took place in peace, calls for “patience” from Bolivians have multiplied in the face of the extreme slowness of the disclosure of official results.
“For an election so delicate for the future of the country, we must privilege the certainty concerning the electoral results”, declared the president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Salvador Romero, during a press conference.
While welcoming the good conduct of the ballot, “a successful day for Bolivian democracy”, Romero recalled “that the official count is done with the arrival of the reports” in the departmental electoral courts and that “it takes time” .
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