Vice President of Bolivia: Carlos Mesa is "bad loser" for calling for protests

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LA PAZ (Sputnik) – The Vice President of Bolivia, Alvaro Garcia, affirmed that former president Carlos Mesa is the main cause of the political conflict that Bolivia is experiencing, because of his "bad loser" attitude and his call for protests against electoral fraud of which He did not present evidence.

"Carlos Mesa loses and does not recognize his defeat, and rather what he does is promote violence, reject what the OAS (Organization of American States) has proposed, to have an audit. Now he is committed to confrontation and violence" Garcia said at a press conference.
He claimed that the former president had an "erratic" behavior When first calling for mobilizations in demand for a second round to which it was believed with right, then propose that the audit of the electoral process is not binding, then reject that investigation and end up ignoring the electoral result.
According to the official calculation of the elections of October 20, the Movement To Socialism (MAS) of Evo Morales won with 47.08% of the valid votes and a difference of 10.5 points on Mesa, with which the president obtained the reelection in the first round, being ruled out a second round.

Garcia stressed that Morales's victory On October 20, and of himself as a candidate for vice-presidential re-election, he was forged with the triumphs of the MAS in 289 of the 342 municipalities of the country and consolidated with an absolute majority in the two chambers of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly (parliament).

"We must regret the attitude of the bad loser, of the bad losers, of those who have been defeated at the polls and that now, what they have not been able to get through the wide door they want to do it through the window," said the vice president.

According to Garcia, Mesa would have "fear" of an audit that reviews the vote count, "because he knows that this will confirm his defeat and he will not have where to hold on to ignore the result."
Instead, the Government, he said, has requested the audit from the OAS and hopes that it will begin as soon as possible.

The vice president also said that blockades and opposition strikes in five cities were causing "suffering" especially in the popular classes and in the self-employed, which he said represent 60% of Bolivia's workforce.

Before that, he called the affected by blockages urban to "please resist, to organize, not to be intimidated, not to be imposed by a group of people who do not know democracy."

On the peasant blockades that began on October 28 in support of the administration, the vice president said that threats to deprive the city of food were made by union leaders and not by the government, as some media published.



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