Argentina: Morales-backed Bolivian presidential candidate holds press conference in BA

Bolivian Presidential Candidate for 'Movement for Socialism' (MAS) Luis Arce, held a press conference in Buenos Aires on Monday. Arce, who was Minister of Economy from 2006 to 2017 and again from January 2019 until the recent turmoil in the country, described the coming elections as “not easy.” The highly-respected economist was nominated by the exiled former President Evo Morales, who described him as «a combination of the city and the countryside to continue the process of change.» «My candidacy basically also reflects the more than 2 million people we got out of poverty and there they are now in the middle class,» Arce added. Arce accused the Interim-President Jeanine Anez of «not handling the economy properly,» and added that «people are understanding that we are going back to the past.» He criticised the high level of racism against the indigenous people of Bolivia, even against Morales, and confirmed that he will return to Bolivia, and hoped for having «the conditions and guarantees to be able to do our campaign.» He mentioned that he is «in touch with fellow David [Choquehuanca],» the former foreign minister and the vice-presidential candidate, to «keep our partners together because it is the only formula we have to move forward.» Former President Evo Morales announced his Movement of Socialism party's candidates for the country's May 3 elections at a press conference, in Buenos Aires on Sunday.

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