Eleven months after Bolivia’s President Evo Morales resigned amid violent protests and fled the nation, his celebration has regrouped and his handpicked candidate is the front-runner in Sunday’s election.
Luis Arce, who was Mr. Morales’s longtime economics czar within the Motion Towards Socialism Celebration, or MAS, leads 5 different candidates and is inside putting distance of successful the presidency outright in Sunday’s first spherical of balloting, based on a number of public opinion polls.
“Everybody who’s voting for Arce is, in actuality, voting for Evo Morales,” stated Bolivian political analyst Carlos Toranzo.
Whereas Mr. Arce is within the lead, he might want to win with not less than 40% of the votes and a 10% margin over the runner-up to say victory in Sunday’s balloting. In any other case, the highest two vote-getters will compete in a Nov. 29 runoff. A current survey by Ipsos pollster confirmed Mr. Arce main with 34% assist versus 28% for former president Carlos Mesa. Nonetheless, a ballot by the Latin America Strategic Heart for Geopolitics confirmed Mr. Arce successful the presidency within the first spherical, with 44.4% versus 34% for Mr. Mesa.