In addition, it is expected that the Legislative Assembly and the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) are negotiating an agreement so that, finally, the presidential elections will take place on October 18th. The two MAS candidates, Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca, have already admitted that it is possible to hold elections on September 6, but want the date to be fixed.
According To owe, negotiation is commanded by the president of the Superior Electoral Court, Salvador Romero Ballivián, with the Central Obrera Boliviana (COB), the Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (Csutcb, intercultural, bartolinas and other organizations in the presence of the UNDP who acted as an observer of the dialogue.
The interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, this morning launched a call for a “national political dialogue” addressed to the leaders of the Central Obrera Boliviana (COB), promoters of the protests, but also to members of the electoral body, all candidates and the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Sergio Choque, and senators, Eva Copa.
The Catholic Church was also invited to participate in the dialogue as an observer, according to a note signed by Áñez, who is also a candidate for the Juntos alliance. The purpose of the meeting “is to confirm the electoral date and to suspend the blockages that prevent the passage of oxygen to COVID-19 patients,” said the president in her call.
Roadblocks have taken place since last Monday against the postponement of general elections in the country from September 6 to October 18 and are called by organizations such as the COB, a political ally of Evo Morales’ party, and the so-called Unity Pact that groups indigenous and peasant unions linked to the former president.
The supply of medical oxygen has generated considerable concern in the country, where the interim government attributes the supply problems to these protests. The interim government has made “air bridges” to deliver oxygen to different regions, but medical unions and hospital administrations have warned that what reaches them is insufficient to care for patients with COVID-19 and other patients.
The temporary executive denounced to the Organization of American States that at least 31 patients died in Bolivia due to a lack of medical oxygen due to road blocks.
Bolivia officially has 3,524 deaths and 87,891 infected by the new coronavirus among its eleven and a half million inhabitants.
The country has been awaiting its general elections since the cancellation of those in October 2019, after an OAS audit revealed electoral fraud.
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