Return Of Evo Morales Does Not Arouse Passions In Bolivia

The elected government assures that the former president, a refugee in Argentina since December, will have a secondary role in the new power structure

Bolivians are not crying out for the return of Evo Morales The former president has been in Argentina since December 12 where he arrived as a refugee after a hasty stopover in Mexico

But despite the victory of the MAS in the last elections its return will not be immediate His early departure from power a product of pressure from the street and the abandonment of the loyalty of the military and police removed him from the front line of Bolivian politics

On Sunday his political dolphin Luis Arce won the presidency without the name of Morales hardly being used in the campaign The debate is now about the best time for the return of the exiled leader

Evo Morales lives in Buenos Aires in a house in a middleclass neighborhood He is visited by local leaders linked to the Peronist government and leaders of the enormous Bolivian diaspora in Argentina 145000 were able to vote who supported him on Sunday with 88 of the votes

On Monday morning when interim president Jeanine Áñez had already recognized Arces victory in the first round Morales spoke with the Argentine press

Sooner or later we are going to return to Bolivia that is not up for debate he warned but without giving precise dates On Tuesday he met with the Argentine president Alberto Fernández a political ally who welcomed him

The Argentine said that he would like to accompany Evo to return to his homeland I would love to go with Evo put him back on his ground he said and gave a hint about the date Lets see when Arces assumption is

The common opinion among Bolivian politicians intellectuals and journalists during the year in which the MAS was not in power was that if Evo returns to Bolivia it will be to appear before justice as the former president and rightwing candidate Jorge Quiroga summarized

The consensus based on the results of opinion polls was that the majority of Bolivians rejected Morales Days before the elections the former Minister of Government Interior and strong man of President Añez Arturo Murillo even declared that Morales is not going to return to Bolivia even if the MAS wins the elections

He is not going to return to Bolivia He is afraid of people He is afraid of peoples censorship because he has cheated people because today he has taken off his mask on the subject of pedophilia he said convinced

Murillos opinion drew attention because at the same time that his return was being ruled out an attempt was made to encourage the vote against MAS by falsely announcing that Morales was on the border with Argentina ready to enter Bolivia

The resounding victory of Arce silenced for a while such statements but has not eliminated the hatred aroused by the president between the part of the population considers him a tyrant

Among the MAS electorate Morales is much less questioned but he also arouses apprehensions in particular over the accusations that his rivals have made against his alleged sex life with minors

Víctor Borda leader of the MAS and former president of the Chamber of Deputies said that Evos cycle has ended Meanwhile the president of the Senate Eva Copa stated that her party colleague should first cleanse himself of slander and defamation before returning to the country This is not the right time while I have problems to solve he said

Arces Bolivian campaign office has carefully displayed Moraless name Although the former president was the head of the campaign and is the historical leader of the MAS allusions to his figure and his legacy did not attract votes especially in the cities so spokesmen tried to avoid them

In his election night speech Arce thanked his campaign manager but did not name him explicitly

In an interview with EL PAÍS Arce said that his former political boss will be welcome but that he will not have any participation in the future government

He has his role as president of the MAS which is very important In this time we have realized that we failed by not strengthening the bodies of the MAS itself He can contribute in relations with social organizations

And hes also going to be pretty busy trying to resolve the lawsuits he has he said The vice presidentelect David Choquehuanca once Moraless political brother and now estranged promised during the campaign that the former presidents environment will not regain power.

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