September 07, 2005

The Official List of Candidates

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Barrio Flores has the official list of presidential and vice-presidential candidates for next December 4th. This list was published by La Razon and Eduardo has it posted on his blog.

All the political parties and most civic organizations have been in a race against time on Monday to put together their official lists. In the process, some political parties, like MIR and ADN, have failed to get their acts together. Paz Zamora's MIR is the most symbolic because Paz Zamora himself defected to Tuto's camp. Does this mean the Movement of the Revoulutionary Left has become obsolete? Does this mean a realignment of the political spectrum in Bolivian politics? You bet! At least on the surface....

One interesting link to visit is the CNE's site. There you can already look up all the official candidates. Not just the presidential and vice-presidential candidates, but incumbents for the Senate, the lower chamber and for prefects. In my opinion, the CNE has done a really excellent job on their website on bringing information and transparency to the public.


Fredrik Lindqvist said...

Some questions:
What kind of candidates are Alcides Rodriguez: Frente Patriótico Agropecuario de Bolivia (FREPAB) and Nestor Garcia Rojas : Unión Social de los Trabajadores de Bolivia (USTB)?

I haerd that MIR failed and is supporing Tuto, is that right?
What about other "old" parties like UCS, ADN ocn MBL? What happened with the FA? Who will PP and Peredes support?

Miguel said...

For your first question, I'll do a post.

Jaime Paz Zamora, one of the founders of MIR, has partially abandoned his own party in order to throw his support for Tuto (Podemos). He has been inclined to do this for quite some time. The future of MIR, as a political party is very uncertain at the moment.

One curious outcome, but somewhat regular in Bolivian politics, has been the jumping the wagon effect. Many politicians, be it from UCS, ADN or MBL, have changed jerseys (without a problem) and are now candidates for new parties. People from UCS have joined Tuto as well as Nagatani and Morales. Some MBL supporters have joined forces with MAS and MSM.

As far as ADN is concerned, most of its supporters are behind Tuto. As you know, he was the leader of ADN.

The Bolivian politician is a rare and pragmatic animal. That is why I call them "chameleons". ;-)

Miguel said...

Sorry, about the FA, it went extinct. One of the Mayors (Beni) defected to Tuto's Podemos and Del Granado mad a pact with Evo. Joaquino could not attract much needed support. He was hoping a spot besides Evo, but Garcia Linera destroyed that hope.

"Pepelucho" Paredes proved to be a skillful negotiator. He must have learned that while at MIR. He is running for the prefecture of La Paz under Podemos (Tuto). I guess we can say he's got guts, because he is defying his own supporters, whom were against making an alliance with Tuto's neoliberals. He says he wants to bring his Plan Progreso to the next level. And, he says he can neutralize the social movements with industrialization.

He is going to have to do a super-job, because the main social movements are going to be pretty angry. The FEJUVE in particular has lost it all due to Evo's two faced attitude. First he promised FEJUVE the candidacy for prefect and the direct mandate seats, just to turn away from his promises in the last hours last Monday. Evo dumped FEJUVE for MSM.

How do you like that? :-)

Fredrik Lindqvist said...

Great! :-)

It all makes sense in some way. The only thing that is strange is that UCS members have joined MAS. What about is ledader Fernandez?

MSM with MAS and some MBL with MAS makes sense. Will MSM candidates stand under the MAs- abnner now? ADN and some UCS with Tuto makes sense. MIR in turmoil makes sense.

Plan Progresson with Tuto does not make sense however, but you hade already pinpointed that.

What about UN? Has not "old" party or members of "old" parties joined it?

Miguel said...

It all makes sense when looked through this chameleon lense I talked about. It seems to me Bolivian politics is not divided in the "western" sense of the political spectrum. Yes there are leftists, social democrats, christian democrats, lieberals, nationalists, etc., but political identification (from the politicians themselves) is dependant on the kind of positions they can get from the parties. In a way it is not an ideological identification, but rather a pragmatic "what kind of job do I get" kind of identification.

Well, right after MIR's party convention when it became clear that the party was in serious turmoil, we could observe a stampede of politicians looking for places to go. What we saw was that a large part of the MIR migrated to UN. At leas some prominent MIR politicians. Where the rest is, I don't really know.

As far as Paredes, he said it all along, he had more in common with Tuto than with Evo. His supporters were the ones who did not want anything to do with a "neoliberal". Now we'll see if the move pays off for Paredes and his Plan.

tom said...

Thank you, very interesting!