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09 Oct 2019 | 12:06 PM UTC

Bolivia: Protests likely ahead of October 20 general elections /update 1

Bolivia News Alert

Protests are likely ahead of general elections scheduled on October 20; avoid all gatherings

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/9/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/21/2019, 11:59 PM (America/La_Paz). COUNTRY/REGION Bolivia, La Paz

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Political demonstrations and rallies are possible throughout the country, notably in the capital La Paz, in the lead up to the general elections scheduled for Sunday, October 20, especially since President Evo Morales announced his candidacy.

Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are anticipated around all election-related events and polling stations. 


Current President Evo Morales of the Movement of Socialism party is one of nine candidates on the ballot for the presidency. Morales was first elected president in 2005 and is currently serving his third term in office. The constitution outlines that a president can serve two continuous terms if reelected, which was reaffirmed in a 2016 referendum that voted to keep the same presidential term limits. Morales is running for a fourth term in office during the 2019 elections.

The Bolivian presidential campaign period officially began on September 20, and will take place until October 16.


Individuals in Bolivia are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid any protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.


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