Bogota, June 17 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, together with the President of the United States, Donald Trump, became the worst enemy of Latin America, Ernesto Samper said today.
Through his Twitter account, the former governor of Colombia (1994-1998) alluded to the recent study published by the influential U.S. newspaper The New York Times on the elections of last October 20 in Bolivia, which denies the OAS about an alleged fraud.
The revelations in this newspaper coincide with those of specialists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Science and Electoral Data Laboratory, who rule out the fraud denounced by the OAS in Bolivia’s last presidential elections, he stressed.
In the opinion of the also former Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations, these revelations must be a source of shame for the regional organisation.
Bolivia’s electoral process was questioned by the OAS in a report, based on alleged irregularities related to a preliminary stop in the vote count, the computerized system, falsification of signatures, alteration of data and a deficient chain of custody.
Under the title ‘A bitter choice. Allegations of fraud. And now for a rethink’, The New York Times notes that a careful examination of Bolivian election data suggests that the initial analysis by the OAS, which raised questions about electoral fraud and helped overthrow President Evo Morales, was flawed.
The US newspaper recalls that ‘the fall of Morales paved the way for a provisional far-right government, led by Jeanine Áñez Chávez, which has not yet fulfilled its mandate to supervise new elections’.
The new government has persecuted the former president’s supporters, silencing dissent and working to consolidate its grip on power,’ he emphasizes.
Likewise, in the article ¿Ganó Evo? (“Evo Won”), published last February by the US newspaper The Washington Post, researchers from the Science and Electoral Data Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, John Curiel and Jack R. Williams recall that after the OAS report, the coup machine started to work until Morales resigned at the request of the Armed Forces and the National Police.
However, in their investigation they found no evidence to support the claim of electoral fraud that served as a justification for the Bolivian right to stage the coup d’état and support the establishment of a de facto government.
(Taken from PL)