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  • Citizens block a highway connecting El Alto city with La Paz city, Bolivia, August 12, 2020.

    Citizens block a highway connecting El Alto city with La Paz city, Bolivia, August 12, 2020. | Photo: EFE

Published 13 August 2020
Opinion

Using the pandemic as a pretext, the U.S.-backed regime postponed the elections twice.

Bolivia's Legislative branch Thursday processed a law so that October 18 be the deadline for holding presidential elections. This law would include provisions to generate criminal consequences for anyone who attempts to postpone the date.

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On Wednesday night, the bill passed its initial processing in the Chamber of Senators and the Chamber of Deputies analized the proposal today.

Senate president Milton Baron mentioned that the new norm will contribute to peace in Bolivia, an Andean country that is going through twelve days of continuous protests.

Social unrest began after the electoral institution, which is controlled by the coup-born regime led by Jeanine Añez, announced a new postponement of the elections.

Initially, the general elections were scheduled for March 3. Using the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext, however, the U.S.-backed regime postponed the elections twice.

In Bolivia, after some days of opposition protests calling for elections, the same mainstream outlets that put all their potential to overthrow Evo Morales's administration are now focusing on how the coup-born government faces mobilizations and a general strike.

To avoid a new modification, which would allow Añez to extend her tenure in the interim presidency, the bill proposes that October 18 be the "unpostponable and immovable" date to carry out elections.

This proposal came after a meeting held on Saturday between representatives of the Legislative Assembly and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal.

Regarding the massive protests that have blocked the country's main highways, the Añez regime has continued its persecution against the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) militants and sympathizers, who have been ironically accused before the Prosecutor's Office on charges such as genocide.

Despite the threats, social organizations are still in the streets demanding the holding of elections to define new president, vice president, and lawmakers.

The Minister of the Presidency Yerko Nuñez announced that the Executive branch will promulgate the law on Thursday afternoon, as reported by the teleSUR correspondent in Bolivia Freddy Morales

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