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Bolivia's Evo Morales Hails Maduro’s 'Constitutional' Presidential Candidacy

  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) and his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales (R) during a rally in 2015.

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) and his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales (R) during a rally in 2015. | Photo: EFE

Published 28 February 2018

The Bolivian president says he is certain his Venezuelan counterpart will win in spite of attacks by the United States and "their agents."

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales congratulated his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro, Wednesday for his “candidacy for a democratic and constitutional reelection in Venezuela,” after he registred for the presidential elections on April 22 and hoped that the Venezuelan leader would prevail against attacks by the U.S. President Donald Trump "and his agents."

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In his tweet in support of Maduro's candidacy, Morales referred to Trump’s interventionism and the United States government’s repeated attacks and threats against Venezuela.

During his latest visit to South America, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s hinted at a military coup against Maduro and called for an oil embargo to deepen the economic sanctions against the Bolivarian Republic. The United States has also rejected the upcoming Venezuelan elections.

“We salute brother president Maduro on his candidacy for a democratic and constitutional reelection in Venezuela. We are certain that with truth and the support of the Venezuelan people, brother Maduro has a certain victory over Trump’s interventionism and his agents Almagro and Tuto Quiroga.” 

Morales also mentioned Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States, OAS, who has also spoken against the electoral process and Maduro’s government, claiming “no election that comes out of this dictatorship... will bring a political change for the people of Venezuela.”

There are also attempts to ban Venezuela form participating in the April Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru. A move criticized by Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, among others.

Tuto Quiroga is former President of Bolivia and has echoed opposition to the presidential elections saying Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly will install a “Stalinist dictatorship in April.”  

Maduro registered his candidacy Tuesday. Six people have registered so far, including three Chavistas, an evangelical pastor and recently expelled member of the opposition coalition, Henri Falcon.

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