Politics 21-11-2018

Bolivian unions support candidacies of Evo Morales and Álvaro García for re-election

The Central Obrera Boliviana (COB) decided to back the joint nomination of President Evo Morales and Vice President Álvaro García to a fourth consecutive term, clearing the last doubts about the ruling party binomial for the 2019 elections.

"We proclaim our candidates Evo and Álvaro unanimously, by mandate of our bases and as a guarantee of unity," said the leader of the COB, Juan Carlos Huarachi, when announcing the main resolution of a national union meeting.

The COB, which brings together all unions in the country, had already decided at the beginning of the year its support for the re-election of Morales, president of the unions of coca producers, but delayed his support for the intellectual García because he wanted the ruling party candidate to vice president was a worker leader.

Morales and García personally received union support in the closing of a "national widening" of COB leaders who debated the political situation and a recent agreement between the Government and employers to delay for up to three months the payment of a second anticipated bonus for December.

President and Vice President thanked the proclamation in successive speeches, which highlighted the leading role of unions in the current "process of change" started in 2006 in the South American country and led by the couple Morales-Garcia.

"I have never heard anywhere in the world that workers, united and organized, debate and decide together to be in the elections, democratically," said the president, also a member of the COB as leader of the unions of coca producers.

Huarachi explained that after a debate of several hours, all the trade unions represented in the "expanded" decided to support the binomial Morales-Garcia that had been previously proclaimed by peasant, indigenous and neighborhood organizations.

Morales and Garcia will concur as sole candidates of the governing Movement to Socialism in the primary elections called for January, as a mandatory previous step to the general elections in October.

In as much, the parties and alliances of opposition have announced until now presidential candidates, but none has defined to his aspirings to the vice-presidency.


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