LA PAZ, Bolivia ( Associated Press) — President Luis Arce celebrated Plurinational State Day on Sunday without his political guru, Evo Morales, amid internal strife and clashes over the arrest of an opposition leader in a region considered Bolivia’s economic engine.
Celebrations of the 14th anniversary of the establishment of the plurinational state promoted by the then Morales administration were marked by his absence. The leader of Movimeinto Al Socialismo (MAS) traveled to Argentina to date with the Bolivian community in Buenos Aires and denounced “discrimination” after assuring that he had been invited late to events.
Arce led an event at Government Palace with offerings to Mother Earth. In recent days, he called for a mass concentration at the government headquarters in response to a mobilization in Santa Cruz in defense of opposition governor Luis Fernando Camacho, who had been arrested on alleged terrorism charges.
In a brief message, the president asked Bolivians to put unity above any interest. “Our country asks us to allow ourselves to risk again the triumph of our democracy and the people… We must be alert to the call of the country, which must protect us above all political, partisan or group calculations. calls for.” “, he insisted.
Arce wants to show leadership and support in the streets following the arrest of Camacho, the governor of Bolivia’s economic engine and opposition bastion, according to analysts.
On the other hand, Morales used to lead the mobilization earlier. On Saturday, on his Twitter account, he called for unity in MAS “despite abuse and discrimination”.
MAS lawmaker and critic of the former president, Rolando Cuellar, told The Associated Press, “Mr. Evo Morales, he celebratoryly jumped overboard.” “What Morales is doing is isolating himself, he doesn’t want to be here. This date is not celebrated in Argentina. His image has been damaged”, and he has been the target of criticism in Argentina and Peru, he said. Told.
Opposition politicians in Argentina have questioned Morales’ recent arrival in that country, while in Peru Congress and that country’s interim president, Dina Boluarte, have accused him of allegedly interfering from outside in that political crisis. What the nation is experiencing. , with violent protests and dozens of deaths following the dismissal of President Pedro Castillo. The government recently barred Morales from entering Peru.
Morales said on Twitter that the United States is “fostering a discrediting campaign inside and outside Bolivia … repeated by failed right-wing politicians and amplified by some communications companies addicted to lies and misrepresentations to get paid.” was done.” He did not offer details or provide evidence for such allegations.