Havana, 9 Nov (RHC) Former Bolivian President Evo Morales gave his first public speech on Monday after returning to his country from Argentina, where he resided as a political refugee.
The indigenous leader of the Andean-Amazon nation thanked his compatriots for their support and recalled the backing of progressive leaders and governments in Latin America, especially Presidents Alberto Fernandez of Argentina, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez of Cuba, Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico.
Before thousands of followers gathered at the Plaza Bolivar in the border city of Villazon, the ex-dignitary recalled the days when he and a group of collaborators had to leave Bolivia for fear of their physical integrity and predicted that they would return as millions.
Re-elected for a new mandate in 2019, Morales resigned due to a coup d’état justified by a partial and non-binding report of the Organization of American States that qualified the electoral process as fraudulent.
“We are now millions in Villazon alone,” said Morales in reference to the popular support for the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) throughout the nation, which he considers to have shattered the OAS narrative about the need to commit fraud in last year’s elections.
He recalled that the coup was the political right’s way of stopping the process of change that made the South American country one of the most prosperous in the region.
He added that the recent elections are proof that there was no fraud, that the tendency to support MAS and its candidates for president and vice president, Luis Arce (I) and David Choquehuanca (D), respectively, who were elected with 55.10 percent of the valid votes, was maintained.
(Taken from RHC)