Luis Arce, dolphin of Evo Morales, new president of Bolivia
Luis Arce, the candidate of the formation of former president Evo Morales, wins the Bolivian presidential election in the first round with more than 52% of the vote, according to several exit polls.
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This Sunday, October 18, the highly anticipated elections were held in Bolivia, a country plunged into a political crisis since the resignation and departure of Evo Morales in November 2019, following an election marred by irregularities.
With more than 52% of the vote according to several exit polls, Luis Arce, former Minister of the Economy of Evo Morales wins in the first round.
A victory which marks the return of the left to power and which places a real technocrat at the head of the country.
He embodies continuity for supporters of Evo Morales.
was its loyal lieutenant for many years after having headed the Bolivian central bank.
Minister of Economy and Public Finances between 2006 and 2017, as well as briefly in 2019, this 57-year-old economist from the middle class is considered the architect of the Bolivian economic miracle.
It must be said that the indicators have changed a lot while he was in business with a GDP multiplied by 4 or even poverty reduced by half.
His detractors believe that he was able to take advantage of a rising commodity market.
Bolivia, as a reminder, has substantial reserves of gas, lithium, iron and copper.
But above all his detractors accuse him of being a puppet of Evo Morales.
To silence the critics, the candidate of the movement towards socialism, commonly known as the
, intends to form a government of national unity to get the country out of a political crisis, but also economic and health.
He who conquered cancer may be able to appease a very divided Bolivian society since the departure of Evo Morales.
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