MAS candidate triumphs in historic Bolivian elections

La Paz - The candidate for the presidency of Bolivia for the Movement to Socialism (MAS), Luis Arce, won the general elections held on Sunday with 52.1 percent of the votes, the pollster Ciesmori announced today for Unitel.

According to those results, reported almost four hours after the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), in second place came in Carlos Mesa from the Citizen Community with 31.5 percent of the votes, and Luis Fernando Camacho of Creemos, is located in third place with 14.1 percent.

On Sunday, Bolivians challenged the Covid-19 pandemic and came out to exercise their right to vote, after almost a year of a government imposed in the context of a coup d'état and gave a lesson in civility, analysts agree.

Arce, without giving up teaching, carried out his political campaign with a view to the elections this Sunday 18, derived from the coup d'état perpetrated by sectors of the right which had the support of the Organization of American States.

Arce, Bolivian economist, professor and politician, aged 57, was Bolivian Minister of Economy and Finance from January 23, 2006 to June 24, 2017 and for the second time, from January 23, 2019 to November 10 of that year, when he resigned from his post in the context of the coup.

Interested in transforming the nation, together with Evo Morales, he put into practice favorable policies for companies that generated vigorous economic growth, one of the most recognized was the transformation of the gas sector and was aimed at the industrialization of lithium.

During his tenure, Bolivia was positioned as the economy with the greatest reduction in poverty among the countries of South America.

The nation also accumulated more than 15,400 million dollars in international reserves, one of the highest levels in the world due to the size of its economy, while inflation rates were contained.

Arce, a student of Marxism-Leninism, insists that 'to achieve the leap to socialism it is necessary to develop the productive forces.'

In his government program, he recalls that the MAS-IPS managed to have a better country than the one received, but the transformation process does not end with the achievements, because that political force wants to advance towards Living Well.

After 13 years of government, Bolivia is no longer the country of 2005, when the logic of political, economic, social and cultural exclusion prevailed, he says.

On the contrary, the country lived a period of full coexistence, recognizing the rights and identity of all its inhabitants, seeking harmony with Mother Earth and the recognition of its diversity allowed for the respect, appreciation and interaction of all cultures in the Andean-Amazon nation, he adds.

'The union of native indigenous peasants, workers, micro and small entrepreneurs, employees, the middle class and intellectuals allowed the nationalization of natural resources, the redistribution of income and the reduction of poverty,' the programmatic platform details.

Bolivia's path is not in the neoliberal adjustment as the programs of the representatives of the right approach, participating in the 2020 elections under the mold of the International Monetary Fund, the document affirms. For Arce and his running mate David Choquehuanca and the MAS-IPSP, the plan proposed for the consideration of the population reflects clarity in the objectives to be achieved 'not because it reflects the wisdom of a few, but because it is born from the historical struggle of the peoples ', underlines the program.

'We are very grateful for the support and trust of the Bolivian people. We recover democracy and we will regain stability and social peace. United, with dignity and sovereignty #VamosASalirAdelante,' said Arce after learning of his triumph.

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