Court annuls indefinite re-election and disqualifies Evo Morales for 2025 – El Sol de México

The Constitutional Court of Bolivia disqualified the former president Evo Morales as presidential candidate in 2025after annulling the figure of indefinite re-election that allowed the indigenous leader to re-run in 2019.

According to the 82-page ruling, published this Saturday on the court’s website, restricting indefinite renomination “is an ideal measure to ensure that a person does not remain in power.”

The Court’s decision reverses another adopted in 2017 by that same instance, the highest ranking in constitutional consultations, which had considered re-election as a “human right.”

This resource allowed Morales run for a fourth term in 2019. The new decision is final.

The high court ruling also establishes that the president and vice president cannot serve a mandate more than twice, continuously or discontinuously.

Evo Morales He resigned from the presidency in 2019 amid social upheaval with accusations of electoral fraud. Upon his departure from the country, he assumed Jeanine Anezwho is currently facing trials and convictions for an alleged coup d’état.

Morales calls on supporters

The former president (2006-2019) expressed his desire to be a candidate in the presidential elections in 2025, amid verbal fights with Luis Arce, current president and who was his political ally and Minister of Economy during almost his entire mandate.

This Saturday, the six coca grower federations of Chapare, the leftist’s political bastion, called an evaluation meeting. At the commander’s cry, Morales He called on his supporters to “defend him.”

“It is a triple alliance: government, right, empire and it is not only against evo (…). The plan is not only to take away the MAS, but to outlaw and eliminate Evo as a candidate,” he said.

According to the former president, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA, for its acronym in English) of the United States would have an alliance with the Arce government to eliminate him politically.

“A (Fernando) Huanacuni (former foreign minister and ally of Morales) has been invited by the head of Latin America at the Iranian Foreign Ministry and told him: ‘Take care of the evo‘. The CIA is operating directly so that Evo is not a candidate. Take care of him, there are going to be attacks,” he said. Morales.

Indefinite reelection

The resolution of Plurinational Constitutional Court (TCP) is based on a review of the criteria of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IDC Court), which rules out the reelection as a human right.

In 2021, this international consultation body issued an advisory opinion, at the request of the government of Colombia, on the indefinite reelection.

For the constitutional lawyer Maria Renée Sorucofrom the San Pablo Catholic University, “if a re-election was allowed previously, it was violating the Constitution itself.”

“It is a late sentence, this is not about Evo Morales“This is about defending the rule of law,” he added.

Orlando Ceballos, part of Morales’ legal team, told Correo del Sur that they will wait “for what happens in the Supreme Electoral Court” to activate “what is appropriate as a means of defense.”

The faction that supports Morales issued a statement in which it warned of “defense” actions. “If they touch evo They affect all of us,” they said.

Different opposition figures have described the ruling as a restoration of order in constitutional issues, but they also recalled that it was the same Court that gave the green light to Morales to apply again.

“The TCP puts an end to the delirium of Evo Morales to be re-elected forever“, wrote Anez on social network X.

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Along the same lines, the leader of the opposition bench Carlos Mesa pointed out: “Evo Morales and (then vice president Álvaro) García Linera violated the Constitution (…) with the complicity of the TCP.”

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