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IW 05

Bolivia

Freedom to vote

 

Jaime Solares and the bureaucracy of the COB have a very unenviable merit: they raised the most treacherous of electoral positions ever presented before the Bolivian masses.

The COB called a plenary in El Alto that declared that “none of the candidates represent the people,” but, on the next line, they decided to give their members “freedom to exercise their right to choose any of the candidates” (La Nación, 12 December).

Naturally, since a citizen can emit only one vote, he could do so, freely, for Evo Morales or for Tuto Quiroga. For the COB it was the same thing.

Even though Solares declared before the press that “none of the candidates represent the people,” he added that “we wish Morales luck” (idem). The charlatanism speaks for itself.

The first step towards the reconstruction of the Bolivian left is the most implacable criticism of these charlatans, organizers of truces and recesses.