President Evo Morales is expected to greet a rally of supporters in La Matanza, Argentina, Sunday after a state visit in Buenos Aires.
The Bolivian expat community in Argentina is expected to endorse Evo Morales’ leftist Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) ahead of the country’s elections on October 20.
President Evo Morales is expected to greet a rally of supporters in La Matanza, Argentina, Sunday after a state visit in Buenos Aires. 5,000 of Argentina’s Bolivian expat community are expected to attend the ceremony. The rally is being organized by the group known as ‘Generacion Evo Argentina,’ an unofficial youth wing of the MAS party. The poster for the event says; “The Bolivian collective supports, reaffirms, and strengthens the Process of Change”, in reference to the period that Evo Morales has governed the country.
Organizers expressed excitement over the presence of the head of state, saying; “The presence of President Evo generates a lot of expectation, and is also loved by Argentinians just as by the collective [Bolivian community]. The venue has a capacity for between 4,500 and 5,000 people, we expect to fill it, and it still will not be enough because there are more who want to come.”
They also explained that Bolivians from across Argentina are expected to attend. “We’ve been told that there’ll be people from Jujuy, from Mendoza, from Santa Fe, from Cordoba, who will come with their flags to participate in the ceremony and express their support for Evo.”
Bolivian expats are a powerful constituency in elections. There are approximately 2 million Bolivians in neighboring Argentina, and in Bolivia itself, the population is 11 million.
President Evo Morales will greet the community, but also hold meetings with President Mauricio Macri in which they’re expected to discuss natural gas exports.