Morales's Candidate Rides High In Polls Ahead Of Bolivia Vote
Umer Jamshaid 6 days ago Thu 17th September 2020 | 08:40 AM
La Paz, Sept 17 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Sep, 2020 ) :Leftist candidate Luis Arce has a clear lead going into the final weeks of campaigning for next month's presidential election in Bolivia, a national opinion poll released Wednesday showed.
Former economy minister Arce has 29.2 percent of voter preferences, well ahead of his nearest rival, former president Carlos Mesa, who polled at 19 percent in the Catholic Jubilee foundation poll with a network of universities.
The 60-year-old indigenous leader, who had led the South American country uninterrupted since 2006, resigned and was forced to flee to Mexico.
Interim president Jeanine Anez -- a conservative former senator who took over after Morales and several top ministers fled -- is in fourth place in the polls at just 7 percent, amid criticism of her handling of the coronavirus epidemic.
An influential right-wing regional leader, Luis Fernando Camacho, is running in third place with 10.4 percent, according to the polls.
Human Rights Watch has accused the Anez government of using the country's justice system to persecute Morales's allies.
The government categorically rejected the allegations, made in a HRW report last week.