Evo Morales, December 17, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. - RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP
In order to be certain that he does not return from Argentina to disturb the Bolivian political game, the transitional government is increasing the accusations against Evo Morales. After those of sedition and terrorism due to social unrest between October and November 2019, then in mid-August a complaint for "terrorism and genocide", the former president is now suspected of having had an affair with a minor.
An anonymous denunciation
Monday, "it was handed over by the vice-ministry of transparency a document reporting a possible new case of alleged rape of a minor, committed by ex-president Juan Evo Morales Ayma", declared the vice-minister of Justice Guido Melgar. According to him, his ministry received an anonymous denunciation, corroborated by the services of the civil status. These checks established that the minor "would have had a sentimental relationship with Juan Evo Morales Ayma and would have found herself pregnant when she was 15 years and five months old, giving birth to a daughter in February 2016 when she was 16 years old. ". "The child exists, the mother exists and the child has as a registered father Juan Evo Morales Ayma", he insisted.
The file was sent on Monday to the office of the defender of the rights of children and adolescents in the city of La Paz so that he can take note of it and, possibly, file a criminal complaint. The Bolivian government had already filed a criminal complaint last week against the former leftist president, who fled to Argentina last year, for an alleged affair with another minor. The announcement came after the local press and social media broadcast of photographs of Evo Morales alongside a young woman now aged 19.
A maneuver before the presidential election, according to the opposition
60-year-old Evo Morales (2006-2019) resigned in November after weeks of protests and under pressure from the armed forces, following a controversial presidential election. For his party, the Movement towards Socialism (MAS), these complaints constitute a political maneuver in the midst of the campaign for the presidential and legislative elections scheduled for October 18.
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