Lauca Ñ , Bolivia, Oct 4 (EFE).- The commissions debating in the national congress of the governmental Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) ratified Wednesday the presidential candidacy of former president Evo Morales (2006-20019) for the 2025 elections in Bolivia.
On the second day of the MAS event, publicly rejected by Bolivia’s president, Luis Arce, and the leading social, indigenous, and union organizations for considering that it does not represent them properly.
“Resolves to declare as the sole candidate of the MAS-IPSP our brother commander Evo Morales Ayma, candidate of the Bicentennial 2025-2030,” said the Politics Commission in its resolution. The other committees replicated this determination.
The commissions that presented resolutions were the Political, Economic, Organic, and Auditing commissions.
Likewise, they ratified Evo Morales as the prominent leader of the Movement Towards Socialism – Political Instrument for the Sovereignty of the Peoples (MAS-IPSP).
The Political Commission also determined that no alliance with other political parties could be made given the 2025 elections.
During the reading of the resolutions of each commission, the attendees chanted “Evo, Evo” and “always loyal, never traitors.”
Regarding the accusations against several MAS officials and militants for defecting and treason, the commissions referred to the Tribunal of Discipline and Ethics to determine the sanctions to be applied, such as expulsion from the party.
The congress, which is being held in the town of Lauca ÑÑ, in the Tropic of Cochabamba, Morales’ political and union stronghold, opened another front of division in the ruling party between “Evistas,” loyal to the former president, and “Arcistas,” close to Arce.
This Monday, at the opening of the event, Morales defended in his speech that MAS is a “movement” that was born from “discriminated” social sectors and destined “to extermination,” such as the Indigenous Peoples.
He questioned how many elections have been won by traditional leftist parties “without Indigenous Peoples” in Bolivia. He considered that the “attacks” on the ruling congress were not for “fear of Evo Morales” but for “fear of the Indigenous movement.”
“Unfortunately, some internal and external groups do not accept that the Indigenous movement leads this revolution; that is our crime,” he added.
In a meeting in La Paz, which took place at the same time that the MAS congress was being inaugurated, Arce said that it was “an outrage to the social organizations that in reality are being stripped of their political instrument, there is a disrespect to the social organizations, this foundational character is not taken into account.”
Arce and Morales are estranged in the midst of internal tensions in the ruling party that began at the end of 2021 due to the former president’s requests to change some ministers that the current president has ignored. EFE