Evo Morales, a former leftist president of Bolivia who was ousted from power in 2019, has announced his intention to run for a fourth term as president in 2025. Morales made the announcement on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), stating that he will accept the request from his supporters to run again. He expressed his determination to face the aggression against him and his party, the Movement for Socialism (MAS), with truth, dignity, and honesty.
Morales, the country’s first president of indigenous descent, was initially elected in 2006. However, he was forced to step down in 2019 amid widespread protests and allegations of election rigging in favor of MAS. Morales accused the United States of orchestrating a coup against him. Following his departure, he was barred from running for office by conservative interim President Jeanine Anez in 2020.
Despite Morales’ absence, MAS won the parliamentary election in 2020, and Morales’ former minister, Luis Arce, became president. Since then, Morales and Arce have clashed on various issues, including corruption and infrastructure projects. Arce has suggested that the country’s top court should determine the legality of Morales’ bid for a fourth term as president.
It is worth noting the political turmoil that unfolded in Bolivia in recent years. Following Morales’ ouster, Anez and other officials were charged with violating the constitution for their role in the events of 2019. Anez was ultimately sentenced to ten years in prison.
Morales’ decision to run for another term has sparked both support and criticism within Bolivia. Supporters argue that Morales is a symbol of indigenous rights and social justice, while critics believe that he has overstayed his welcome and that it is time for new leadership.
The upcoming presidential election in 2025 will be closely watched to determine whether Morales will regain power or if a new political era will emerge in Bolivia. The country continues to navigate political and social challenges, including economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing social disparities among its diverse population.
As Morales prepares for his fourth bid for the presidency, the impact of his candidacy and the broader political landscape in Bolivia will undoubtedly be subjects of ongoing debate and analysis.