Bolivia's major left-wing party and leading labour organisation have branded the country's presidential elections as a fraud and are threatening legal action.
Bolivia's major left-wing party and leading labour organisation have branded the country's presidential elections as a fraud and are threatening legal action. The newly elected Bolivian parliament met on Wednesday (1 August) to choose the country's new president, ending ten years of military rule. They must pick the president because none of the candidates in the July 1 election achieved the required fifty percent of the vote. Leaders of the Leftist democratic Popular Unity charged that the alleged vote fraud deprived their party of at least twelve seats, seriously affecting the chances of their candidate, Mr Hernan Siles Suazo, of being elected. Mr Paz Estenssoro's Nationalist Revolutionary Movement holds 64 congress seats against 46 for Mr Siles Suazo's party. Both Mr Siles Suazo and Mr Paz Estenssoro are former presidents and one-time allies who fell out after the military seized power in 1969. The two spoke about their views on the elections in La Paz last week (28 and 29 July).