Bolivia Ruling Party Wants to Annul Referendum Preventing Morales’ Reelection

By: Karina Martín - Dec 23, 2016, 12:09 pm
Bolivia's Ruling Party
Evo Morales and MAS are trying to get him reelected. (CCNoticias)

EspañolBolivia’s ruling party Movement to Socialism is calling for the nullification of results of a referendum in which most Bolivians rejected a constitutional reform that would allow Evo Morales to be a presidential candidate again in 2019.

“The referendum of February 21 was conducted with a fatal lie,” Rodolfo Machaca said. “Bolivia was deceived by a big lie and sooner or later we will demand that the court do justice and annul that referendum.”

Morales mentioned in a press conference that he did not know where the MAS proposal came from; however, he said there was a reason the Bolivian people asked for a review of the results of the referendum from February.


The Church has asked MAS to respect the results of the referendum and to respect the citizens who decided to vote against a reelection by the Bolivian president.

“It is not a matter of right, left or center parties, it is a question of knowing and remembering that on February 21 of this year the Bolivian people spoke and therefore their word should be respected,” Secretary General of the Bolivian Episcopal Conference Monsignor Aurelio Pesoa said at a press conference.

Likewise, the Bolivian opposition threatened to mobilize if Morales does not respect the outcome of the referendum.

Constitutional Court Judge Ruddy Flores also commented on the issue, saying that there was no reason for Morales to hold a referendum with the exact same question as February. However, officials stressed her opinio does not represent the constitutional court.

Source: El Deber.

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Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Says President Maduro’s Days in Office Are Numbered

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Dec 23, 2016, 8:59 am
Jesus Torrealba, secretary of the Venezuelan coalition of opposition parties (MUD), speaks during a news conference in Caracas September 24, 2014. Venezuela's opposition parties on Wednesday named Torrealba to head their coalition before the 2015 parliamentary elections, where they hope to weaken Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS)

EspañolAnd Venezuelan opposition leader and Executive Secretary of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) Jesús "Chuo" Torrealba stressed in a press release that as of January 10, President Nicolás Maduro's administration will turn three years old, making it "disposable." For Torrealba, that day makes the "misrule of Maduro" susceptible to being revoked. "From that moment on, it becomes dispensable, disposable," Torrealba explained in an interview with Capitolio TV. In view of the possible "instability" presented by Maduro's continuing rule, Torrealba described the need for the opposition coalition to be a "useful tool for social and political struggle." Venezuela needs a "unity of purpose," beyond a unit of "acronyms" or "a federation of egos," he said. "While celebrating victories, they practically pushed me over because everyone wanted to get in the photo, but when it comes to explaining (what's going on) in the country, no one is there," he criticized. He said political leaders shouldn't find out about major happenings — like dialogue with Maduro's adminstration — from watching TV. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Torrealba also discussed leaving the Democratic Unity Party if necessary. "If that was the solution, the crux of the problem ... Well, I'd delighted," he said. Source: La Patilla.

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