LA PAZ_ The No vote on the constitutional referendum held in Bolivia prevailed with a narrow margin, after a campaign marked by a dirty war intended to damage the image of President Evo Morales.
According to the Election Supreme Court (TSE), after 99.49 percent of the votes were counted, the No had won 51.31 percent of support and the Yes, 48.69 percent.
On February 21, some 6,500,000 citizens went to the polls to vote a change on a constitutional article that would let the executive run again for the upcoming presidential elections.
These results prevent President Morales and Vice President Álvaro García Linera from running again during the 2019 elections.
A few weeks before the referendum, the opposition had launched an intense media campaign against Evo Morales charging him, without proofs, with alleged influence peddling and manipulation of some personal affairs.
Before the results were made known, the president had reiterated that the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) would continue with its fight regardless of the voting results.
“We will respect the results, whether the Yes or the No wins. That is true democracy,” Morales said from the Government Palace in La paz.
Asked about the strategies that the MAS leadership would carry out if faced with an unfavorable scenario, he noted it was premature to talk about it but “we will identify our mistakes…there are many young leaders in our movement that are in conditions to continue with the process,” Morales sustained.
The rightwing resorted to lies during the pre-referendum campaign, “because they lack a plan outlining their program and want neoliberalism back to the country,” the Bolivian president reiterated.
For ten years, the MAS movement led by Morales has encouraged a policy focused on nationalization and investment efforts that has allowed for praiseworthy economic growth and achievements in the country’s main social indicators.Share on FB Share on TT