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  Bolivia election delayed to October as pandemic bites, opposition cries foul
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jul 23, 2020 09:55pm
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AuthorDaniel Ramos
News DateThursday, July 23, 2020 07:10:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionLA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivia’s general election will be pushed back until Oct. 18 as the coronavirus pandemic grips the South American nation, which could fan tensions between the interim conservative government and the socialist party of former President Evo Morales.

The head of the electoral tribunal said on Thursday that the vote would be postponed from the previously scheduled Sept. 6 date to ensure the safety of voters, with hospitals and cemeteries straining under the impact of the virus.

“This election requires the highest possible health security measures to protect the health of Bolivians,” tribunal President Salvador Romero told a news conference in La Paz.

The vote is key to the political future of the Andean nation of 11.5 million people after a fraught election last year sparked widespread protests and led to the resignation of the country’s long-term leftist leader Morales.
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