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The latest polls show Morales is like to win nearly 40 percent of the vote. His main opponent, Jorge Quiroga of the conservative Podemos Party, is not far behind.
But Bolivia’s electoral laws require a candidate to receive more than 50 percent of the vote to win election. If no candidate reaches the mark the Bolivian Congress will decide the election.
The vote will take place December 18.
Podemos has run television advertisements connecting MAS with narcotrafficking, terrorism, and the tyrants of Latin America - Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Cuba’s Fidel Castro.
The urban centers of La Paz and Santa Cruz are strongholds for Quiroga and the Podemos Party, while Morales and MAS garner support from Bolivian peasants in rural areas.
The Miami Herald’s Andres Oppenheimer fears that Morales will be installed even if he loses the election.
A Morales loss, he claims, would likely be followed by violent street protests.
"If you stage violent street riots and threaten to paralyze the country while Congress decides,” Oppenheimer writes, "you have a good chance of imposing your candidate.”
Morales supporters have indicated a willingness to resort to street violence. Pro-Morales Senator and Bolivian Indian peasant leader Roman Loayza predicted November 30 that "if Evo is not democratically elected, it will have to be by force.”
The Morales campaign has not disavowed Loayza’s prediction.
Originally posted by subz
Theres the same propensity for corruption under capitalism as there is under socialism. All capitalism does is spread the corruption across a wider number of theiving hands. For socialism to work you first need a true and accountable democracy.