For [Bolivian president Evo] Morales, the consultation on autonomy in
The president of
“Today, despite the threats, intimidations, humiliations, aggressions, a grand rebellion was born in the department of
“I want to express my greetings and great respect, my admiration to the people of Santa Cruz for this resistance against the separatist, divisionist autonomy statutes, resisting…in defence of the interests of the majorities of this department,” he added.
In a short speech televised across the country, the head of state lamented the violence that “divided”
“Unfortunately this consultation has divided the department of
Nevertheless, he recounted that in spontaneous mobilisations held in various cities in the Bolivian west, the citizens of the country came out onto the streets with a sentiment of “uniting the country”.
“Greetings to the Bolivian people for this grand sentiment expressed today, for the unity of the Bolivian family. These grand mobilisations in the departments of
Media wants to hide high abstention
In regards to the first results from exit polls that some private media outlets have been transmitting, and which give a victory to the “Yes” vote, Morales disregarded these figures and explained that if the abstention, “No” votes and null votes are added up, it equals “practically” 50% of the result.
“The results shown by some media outlets are surely concerning for those who illegally wagered on this consultation. Between an abstention of 39%, and the rejections; the “No” vote and the null votes, this is practically 50%. These are figures from the mass media…” he commented.
“You can not fool the Bolivian people saying that here we have a winner with more than 80%, and if we want to compare the figures of abstention with previous years, it practically triples”, he added.
He reiterated the failure of the anti-constitutional
“I also want to express that this day of so-called ‘celebrations’, this consultation over the autonomy statures has completely failed. This illegal and anti-constitutional consultation did not have success as some families, as some groups in the department of
Translated from TeleSUR