MAS accuses VP of Bolivia David Choquehuanca of creating discord with “renewal” of leadership
The Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) political party in Bolivia has accused Vice President of the country, David Choquehuanca Céspedes, of trying to “outlaw” the party, of which he is also a member, in addition to generating discord among its leaders through the “renewal” of the leadership. The MAS leadership “has confirmed information that the Vice President is operating against the unity of our political organization together with deputies misnamed ‘renovators’”, stated Gerardo García, vice-president of the MAS in a press conference in La Paz.
The divisions in the MAS began to be felt at the end of 2021, when the Morales sector recommended to President Arce to make changes among his collaborators, something to which the head of state did not agree. The recurring internal conflicts within the ruling party have generated a division in the MAS parliamentary caucus, where it has a majority, between the “renovator” bloc of President Luis Arce and Choquehuanca, and the so-called “radicals” that support Morales.
The manifesto identifies the deputies Deysi Choque, Damián Laime, Rosario García and Magalí Torres as applicants, before the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), for the statutes and legal personality documents of the MAS to seek its “proscription”. The leader García said that what the “renovators” want is that there are no “so radical” leaders of the MAS and said that Choquehuanca acts out of “resentment”, that “its hindrance is Evo Morales” and that for this reason it supposedly seeks to “divide” the MAS.
Given the accusations, the MAS maintained that its statutes comply with “all the legal issues” assigned by the TSE and that the Vice Presidency of Bolivia will not be allowed to seek to “direct political and legal attacks” against the leadership of the MAS.