In Election, Bolivia Confronts the Legacy of Its Ousted Socialist Chief


The president may have finished a lot extra, Mr. Zelada stated. He plans to vote for Mr. Mesa.

Mr. Morales’s social gathering held its last marketing campaign occasion this week in El Alto, an MAS stronghold that sits perched above the capital. It was a block social gathering, and a whole lot, if not hundreds, attended. Girls in conventional skirts gathered beneath a cover of fireworks whereas their husbands tipped beers to the bottom, an providing to Mom Earth.

Loads of voters there had one thing constructive to say about Mr. Morales, whose face shone from the blue social gathering flags that crisscrossed the avenue on strings.

However there have been additionally indicators of the previous chief’s waning recognition.

María Flores, 42, stood on the fringe of the social gathering. Ms. Flores, a touring saleswoman and mom of three, stated she appreciated what Mr. Morales had finished for Indigenous girls like her. Many had ascended to skilled roles in recent times, and he or she was proud.

“We had been all the time handled badly,” she stated. “Now, not a lot.”

However she had grown uninterested in Mr. Morales’s errors, significantly his determination to run for a 3rd after which a fourth time period. “He’s finished good issues,” she stated, “however please, relaxation.”

She shall be supporting Mr. Arce, she stated, however solely as a result of he had promised to maneuver on.

“If he returns,” she stated of Mr. Morales, “the individuals of El Alto will stand up. We wish another person.”

Reporting was contributed by María Silvia Trigo from Tarija, Bolivia.