Bolivia elects president amid a climate of uncertainty and threats

After several postponements, Bolivians are called to the polls this Sunday, October 18. The intimidating statements of some ministers and the changes introduced in the quick count system raise doubts in the electorate. “The official count will take a few days,” said journalist Iván Maldonado.

Bolivians they will elect their next president this Sunday, October 18, in the midst of an electoral climate marked by fear and doubts.

The recent statements of the Minister of Government Arturo Murillo on the eventual expulsion of international observers and the use of force to contain any demonstration “have generated fear in these last hours,” said journalist Iván Maldonado.

Some changes presented by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal also raise concern, which “has set up its own quick count system that, unlike before, will not allow the minutes to be photographed.”

Meanwhile, the former director of Radio Patria Nueva He predicted that there will be no definitive results on Sunday night.

“In the more dispersed and remote areas, you have to arrive by boat or by plane to move the amphorae. The official count will take a few days,” he said.

The candidate of the Movement Towards Socialism, Luis Arce, is presented as the favorite to beat his closest opponent, Carlos Mesa (Citizen Community) in the first round, although the question is whether the number of votes he will obtain will be enough to avoid a second round.

“The latest polls show that the difference to exceed the 10 percent required by Bolivian regulations is between 1 and a half point and two points, but they have not taken into account the vote from abroad, which can be up to two or three points. “Maldonado said.

He also pointed out “the undecided vote could benefit the MAS.” “It is the first political force in Bolivia and it is possible that this Sunday, if there is transparency, I could win in the first round“added the journalist.

This scenario worries the de facto government, “which has made several speeches indicating that the MAS is going to mobilize and generate violence.”

“For the first time the police will be the one who will guard the amphorae. That creates some kind of susceptibility,” he said.

Jacinda Ardern, one step away from being reelected with an absolute majority in New Zealand

This Saturday, October 17, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appears to be approaching a new term in parliamentary elections.

“The polls give him a difference of 20 points and Ardern is heading to a clear victory. And for the first time in decades, the Labor Party could govern alone,” said political scientist Patricio Giusto.

He stressed that the current premier has stood out for “her social and environmental policies and also for the management of COVID-19.” He even said that “Ardern was a surprise when his leadership emerged within Labor.”

In addition to electing their MPs, New Zealanders will vote “two non-binding referendums on euthanasia and cannabis, which are part of the reformist and forward-thinking agenda brought by Ardern, even differentiating itself from previous Labor governments. ”

Giusto described New Zealand society as “young and focused on individual freedoms.” “They perceive themselves as self-sufficient, autonomous, very reformist, and this has generated a very healthy political system“he added.

“The system is divided between the center-left and the center-right,” he continued, “which has resulted in a moderation that has prevented major changes in foreign policy or in the country’s economy.”

In that sense, he considered that the prime minister “is very pragmatic.” Unlike Australia, Ardern has deepened economic relations with China, but has maintained good relations with the United States, “the expert explained.

Internally, his government has focused on “generating job opportunities for sectors that felt excluded.

“It has incorporated them, especially with social services and there have been reforms to lower the cost of medical treatment,” he said.

The program also reported on the failure of the dialogue convened by the Costa Rican government to discuss the fiscal crisis; the arrest of the former Secretary of Defense of Mexico, Salvador Cienfuegos, in the United States; the housing construction plan in Israeli settlements in the West Bank; and the release of Argentine indigenous leader Milagro Sala.

The ‘Voces del Mundo’ team is made up of Telma Luzzani, Néstor Restivo, Mercedes López San Miguel, Franco Luzzani, Patricio Porta and Diana Martínez Tancredi. This program is broadcast live on Radio Cooperativa from Monday to Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Argentine time.

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