Exiled Morales pulling Bolivian political strings as polls loom

first_img“At this time when Evo Morales is in exile, outside of power, he has become a kind of kingmaker,” political scientist Carlos Cordero told AFP.Morales last year hand-picked economist Luis Arce as the man who can win back the presidency for his Movement for Socialism (MAS) party. To do so he faced down grassroots members who favored former foreign minister David Choquehuanca or young coca-growers’ leader Andronico Rodriguez.Arce, however, has slowly won over the doubters and is riding high in opinion polls, which if confirmed in the September 6 elections, would hand the presidency back to MAS a year after Morales’ tumultuous resignation. The polls give Arce 33 percent and centrist ex-president Carlos Mesa just over 18 percent, while Anez trails with nearly 17 percent.’Polarizing factor’ Maria Teresa Zegada, a sociologist at the state-run Universidad Mayor de San Simon, says Morales is a key player in the electoral campaign, despite his absence.”I believe that he will continue to play an important role, as long as he continues to be a polarizing factor in the country’s politics. There are important sectors that support MAS and that is where Morales’ presence lies.”Ahead of the pandemic, the ex-president frequently convened meetings with MAS leaders in Argentina, but that direct communication has been frustrated by the pandemic lockdowns.These days he issues instructions via social media.”We will come back stronger and we will restore freedom and dignity to the Bolivian people,” said a message on his Twitter account.Morales on Wednesday condemned what he said was an attempt by Anez to get the courts to outlaw his party and remove Arce from the electoral race.”The de facto government initiated a judicial strategy with political ends to disqualify our candidate and MAS and prevent us from participating in the elections,” he tweeted.People arrive at a triage area at the General Hospital to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in La Paz, Bolivia June 23, 2020. (REUTERS/David Mercado)Anez has accused Morales of conspiring to damage her electoral chances by sending overpriced Spanish ventilators for COVID-19 patients into the country as part of a relief operation during the pandemic.Zegada said Morales has benefited from the errors and scandals that have tainted his adversaries in power.’Messianic leadership’ Morales fled the country after three weeks of protests over his controversial re-election in October 2019 in a poll in which he was constitutionally barred from participating.He had tried to cling to power but lost the backing of the country’s military after an Organization of American States audit found clear evidence of election fraud.He initially fled to Mexico, which sent a government plane to pick him up, before settling later in Argentina, home to a large Bolivian population.Most of Morales’ cabinet fled with him, leaving behind a power vacuum in the bitterly divided country. Anez — a hitherto little known conservative senator — assumed the presidency the following month.Her government accuses him of sedition and terrorism for allegedly urging his supporters to lay siege to major cities such as La Paz.However, Morales, a member of the Aymara indigenous community, has built up a “messianic leadership — which is why his voice continues to carry so much weight, even in exile,” said Cordero, a professor at the Catholic University in La Paz.”These leaders become political professionals… Their life is simply doing politics, that’s the psychological profile of these people,” he said.Morales is a colossus of his own party, whose support comes mainly from indigenous people and poor farmers, and there is no one in the party ranks to overshadow him.According to Zagada, his broader influence has waned, however.”We have a gravitating figure, but at the same time one that is worn out, and he is no longer the figure he was when he was president of the country,” she said.Under Morales’ 14-year rule, Bolivia’s 36 indigenous groups — which account for 62 percent of the country’s more than 11 million people — were constitutionally recognized. The country also reduced extreme poverty from 38 percent to 17 percent, and achieved an average economic growth rate of 4.8 percent.Topics : From exile in Buenos Aires, former leftist president Evo Morales continues to influence Bolivian politics and is plotting his party’s return to power in September elections, analysts say.Though banned from running in the poll and facing arrest if he returns, the 60-year-old — Bolivia’s first indigenous president — is masterminding opposition to right-wing interim leader Jeanine Anez.Bolivia’s interim president, Jeanine Anez applauds after taking oath to the military command during her first day in power, at the Quemado presidential palace in La Paz, on November 13, 2019. Anez, who declared herself interim president before her claim was endorsed by the constitutional court, arguing that her succession was necessitated by the resignations of those above her in the government hierarchy, will try to fill the power vacuum left by Evo Morales’s abrupt resignation, as the former leader denounced what he described as a (Agence France Presse/AIZAR RALDES )last_img read more

Brookwater home close to golf course on the market

first_imgThe kitchen area at 1 Mountain Ash place, Brookwater.The property is on a 818sq m block and has a media room, ducted airconditioning, loads of storage, and access to NBN. There’s a large level yard giving the new owner options for a pool, a vegie garden or room for a game of cricket. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 20191 Mountain Ash place, Brookwater.Three sets of french doors open up to the veranda. “We love to renovate,” Ms Richardson said.“We renovated this one and think it will definitely suit a family.”Ms Richardson said the Brookwater lifestyle and amenities were a major drawcard to the area for her.“The neighbours are great, and the area is secure and safe,” she said. 1 Mountain Ash place, Brookwater.Ms Richardson, who owns a martial arts school at Browns Plains called Kung Fu Southside, and Kill Pest, a pest control business which services the local area, said the 1 Mountain Ash Place property was a freshly updated Hamptons-style home. It features traditional style wraparound verandas, which give “a warm welcome” where you can relax downstairs in privacy or enjoy the peaceful views upstairs, she said. 1 Mountain Ash place, Brookwater.Ms Richardson has lived at the Brookwater home for six months but owned it for more than a year.She said the standout features of the property included the view, closeness to the golf course, high ceilings and polished floors, a new lick of paint and new carpets.“To get a private corner block with views like this in Brookwater is very rare,” she said. 1 Mountain Ash place, Brookwater.This private Brookwater sanctuary has hit the market just a stone’s throw away from the local golf course.Owner Peta Richardson is selling up and moving to a nearby street in search of a different style of property.last_img read more

Coronavirus: EPL to lock out over 70s from match venues

first_img Promoted ContentThese Maisie Williams Facts Are Bound To Shock YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayFrom Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became CloseTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBest Car Manufacturers In The World10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging6 Secret Origin Stories Of Modern Foods In just football alone six Serie A games were postponed last weekend, as were the midweek Coppa Italia semi-finals second leg, and now top-flight fixtures in Italy will be played behind closed doors until April 3. Read AlsoSouth African league bans handshake over Covid-19 UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin remains optimistic this summer’s Euro 2020 – which is scheduled to be held in 12 cities across the continent – will go ahead as planned. The Swiss Football League has been suspended until March 23. EPL considering lockout of over 70s fans from match venues over covid-19 Pre-season matches at the International Champions Cup scheduled to take place in Asia have also been postponed, while Scotland boss Steve Clarke decided not to travel to the Nations League draw in Amsterdam as it was deemed ‘an unnecessary risk’. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img The Premier League is considering banning over 70s at its matches over coronavirus fears – as the outbreak continues to have an impact on the sporting schedule. Sports authorities and broadcasters will meet on Monday to discuss contingency plans to cope with the killer disease as the number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK hits 164. Measures expected to be discussed at the meeting include playing fixtures behind closed doors – as has been done in other European leagues like Italy and Morocco – or postponing matches until after the virus has peaked. A range of sports have had to take action to prevent the spread of the virus, with postponements hitting the Guinness Six Nations, Formula One and Serie A among others. With spectacles such as Euro 2020, the Olympics and golf’s majors on the horizon, many could face the impact.Advertisementlast_img read more

Keane: Maguire right captain for Man Utd

first_img Loading… Manchester United legend, Roy Keane,feels Harry Maguire is the right captain for the club. Keane was speaking before Sunday’s victory over Manchester City. “I think Harry has done very well. He’s obviously a very good player, he seems to be an important personality, he’s now the captain of the club,” Keane told Sky Sports.Advertisement “I can’t really fault him. Read Also:England captain Harry Kane vows: ‘I’ll be at Euros’ “I don’t think he’s lightning-quick but he has other strengths and I think he’ll be a big, big player for Manchester United over the next few years. He’s been an excellent signing.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Untold Truth Of Sasha ObamaPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Network’s Greatest Shows On HBO13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot12 Marvel Superheroes Before The Fame7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more

Lamberies now two for two at Shawano

first_imgLucas Lamberies repeated his winning ways in Saturday’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event at Shawano Speedway.By Scott OwenSHAWANO, Wis. (May 12) – Lucas Lamberies hustled back from Iowa to race Saturday night at Shawano Speedway.  It proved to be a good move for the Clintonville teenager as he won his second Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature in a row to start the season.Kyle Raddant and then Jordan Barkholtz held the early lead.  By lap eight Lamberies moved to second on the track. On lap 13, Barkholtz got high in turn two and brushed the outside wall.  That was the opening Lamberies needed as he stormed past Barkholtz to take the top spot.Lamberies led the rest of the way for his second win in a row.  Barkholtz held on for second, followed by Jordan Bartz, Todd Wiese, and Raddant.Mike Mullen was the IMCA Modified winner and Travis Van Straten paced the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main.last_img read more

Huddlestone relishes regular action

first_imgTom Huddlestone is relishing the chance to play regular football after taking the difficult decision to leave Tottenham. The 26-year-old midfielder played a key role in Hull’s battling 3-2 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle on Saturday after swapping North London for Humberside during the summer. It is a move which has given him a new lease of life after injuries and a lack of first-team opportunities at White Hart Lane. Press Association Remy restored the Magpies’ advantage a minute before half-time after James Chester had blocked Yohan Cabaye’s initial effort, but the visitors were back on terms once again three minutes into the second half courtesy of Ahmed Elmohamady’s glancing header. The best was saved until last when Aluko smashed home a 76th-minute volley from substitute George Boyd’s pull-back to clinch the points. Huddlestone said: “It was unbelievable. We have just talked about it there – I’m not sure if it’s off his shin or knee or his boot, but as long as it hits the back of the net, that’s the main thing. “Obviously our main objective was to try to keep it tight early doors and not let the crowd affect the game. “We didn’t managed to do that, so it was an uphill battle, especially the first half. “But we got ourselves back in contention and to score the equaliser early doors in the second half, that was probably one of the key moments in the game.” Aluko’s decisive strike capped an fine individual display which left manager Steve Bruce, who spotted his talent as a teenager at Birmingham, purring. Bruce said: “I had him as a kid. I gave him his debut – I put him in the first team squad at 16. “But the big thing with Sone is physicality-wise, it’s taken him a long time to get himself in a physical condition. He had to wait until he matured a little bit. “But I always kept an eye on him in Scotland and when I was out of work, I remember seeing him playing for Rangers repeatedly and thought, ‘It looks as if he’s physically right now’. “The big thing for him – Sone did his Achilles last year in the Championship – he’s under the radar a bit. “But for me, including [Wilfried] Zaha, he was the best player in the league last year up until Christmas. “I hope he stays injury-free because you would pay money to watch him. He’s a really, really good little footballer and a delight to work with too.” Asked how much he was enjoying his football, he said: “Yes, just playing regularly in a team which believes in playing the right way and believing in myself. “Hopefully things will continue to progress as they are. “Everybody wants to play and anybody who has had long-term injuries like myself, you count your blessings once you are fit and you are training every day. “But inevitably, you want to be playing at the weekend and if that’s not the case for whatever reason, you need to do your best. “Whether it’s training a bit harder to get in the team, or if you have to move on like I have and try to prove myself elsewhere, then so be it.” The game did not begin in promising fashion for the Tigers as they fell behind at St James’ Park with just 11 minutes played. Striker Loic Remy headed past goalkeeper Allan McGregor from close range after Papiss Cisse had scuffed a volley across the face of goal. But the lead lasted just 15 minutes and Hull were back in it when Robbie Brady ran on to Sone Aluko’s pass and shot between Tim Krul’s legs. last_img read more

Perfect penalties bring U.S. CONCACAF Under-20 title

first_imgTHE United States captured the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship title for the first time, outlasting Honduras 5-3 on penalty kicks after their 2017 final ended in a 0-0 draw on Sunday at the Estadio Nacional.Danny Acosta netted on the final conversion from the spot for the Americans, who were perfect on all five of their attempts as Brooks Lennon, Coy Craft, Emmanuel Sabbi and Luca de la Torre also beat goalkeeper Javier Delgado.Honduras was successful on their first three efforts through Jorge Alvarez, Douglas Martinez and Foslyn Grant. On the fourth kick, however, second-half substitute Rembrandt Flores missed.A match of limited scoring opportunities saw the U.S. generate two of the best in the first half, only to be thwarted on both occasions by Honduras goalkeeper Javier Delgado.In the ninth minute, Brooks Lennon delivered a corner kick from the right side that Justen Glad headed towards goal from nine yards, but Delgado was able to get his hands up to make the save and then kick the loose ball away.Delgado made an acrobatic stop after it appeared that Lennon’s 27th minute free kick was headed for the upper-right corner.Apparent leg injuries to midfielder Eryk Williamson in the first half and defender Justen Glad shortly after the break limited the second-half substitution options of U.S. head coach Tab Ramos, but the 50-year-old was able to win his first CONCACAF U-20 crown in three tries.Under Ramos’ leadership, the U.S. fell 3-1 to Mexico after extra time in the 2013 final. Two years ago, the Americans got past El Salvador in a playoff, 2-0, to secure a berth in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.In addition to the U.S. and Honduras, CONCACAF will be represented by Costa Rica and Mexico in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup later this year in the Korea Republic.last_img read more

UW’s biggest constant will be key for its postseason success

first_imgJunior Brendan Smith, along with the other Badger defensemen, will play a major role in the Badgers\’ postseason hopes.[/media-credit]Its forward lines changed during the conference tournament and until recently the goaltending situation was in constant flux, but one aspect of the Wisconsin men’s hockey team has been a symbol of stability throughout the season.The defensive corps.Ryan McDonagh and Jake Gardiner. Cody Goloubef and Justin Schultz. Brendan Smith and John Ramage.Head coach Mike Eaves has utilized those same three defensive pairings from the early weeks of the season to the anxious days leading up the NCAA tournament, making life a little easier when setting the lineup.“Well it’s very convenient,” Eaves said. “It’s one less thing that we have to look at game in and game out.”For a team with so many strengths, the talent on the blue line has always stood out as the Badgers’ greatest asset.Five of those six defenseman have been drafted in the top two rounds of the NHL Draft, making the UW defense one of the most talented groups in the country.It is without a doubt one of the major reasons Wisconsin finished second in the WCHA and earned a No.1 seed in the NCAA tournament this season.But for most teams, postseason play tends to change the way the game is played. Pucks are constantly chipped out of the zone and things usually tighten up, especially when a mistake in a single elimination scenario can end your season.A large burden falls on the defensemen, whose every actions are magnified when two evenly matched teams are looking for that difference-making goal.No one needs to be told the magnitude of these tournament games, and no coach tries to make them more defensive than usual. That just happens naturally with so much at stake.“You’re going to see games so close because there is so much pressure,” Smith said. “Things tend to get more conservative.”So will the Badger defensemen, who have tallied 33 total goals on the year, look to play more conservatively in the NCAA tournament?No. Don’t expect them to change a thing.The UW defensemen have responsibilities that exist outside their own zone, and they are an essential part of the Badgers’ offensive attack. Smith is the nation’s highest scoring defenseman and a finalist for the Hobey Baker award, while McDonagh, Schultz, Goloubef and Ramage all possess double-digit assist totals.Their positions label them as defense-first players and that remains their first priority. But make no mistake, the UW defensemen know what to do with the puck in the offensive zone.“We can all skate and get pucks forward,” McDonagh said. “It’s definitely a strength of our team.”Traditionally, scoring chances are at a premium come tournament time, and mistake-free hockey is expected, but UW isn’t about to alter what made them so successful throughout the regular season.“In playoff hockey, you’re going to keep it simple when you have to,” assistant coach Mark Osiecki said. “That being said, we wont change our style. We’ll continue to get up the ice and look for offense from our defensemen because that is what has gotten us to this point. Our defensemen have been a secondary wave of offense all year long, and if we get away from that then that changes our whole style.”And according to Goloubef, playing with a cautious mindset often times can work against you.“You don’t want to go out there and just play safe,” Goloubef said. “We need to stick with what has been working for us all year.“We can take our chances knowing our ‘D’ partner has our back.”Wisconsin will enter the NCAAs with every intention of utilizing its defensemen as offensive options as the Badgers have all year long, but Osiecki believes the defensive corps’ greatest potential strength is its ability to take on different roles when necessary.The offensive production from the defensemen has provided a huge boost and it has helped UW score early and often, but there are moments in games when they will have to do what their position suggests — protect a lead.“With this group of six we have multiple options,” Osiecki said. “If we’re down by a goal and we need to put guys out there that are more offensive, we certainly have that. And on the flip side, if we’re up by a goal and we need to play it a little more conservative, we have the luxury of doing that as well.”That versatility has been key to UW’s success throughout the regular season, and it could very well be the reason Wisconsin attains the postseason success they’ve been dreaming of.“When we have a small lead you see McDonagh out there all the time,” Smith said. “He’s just so solid, a force to be reckoned with defensively. And when we are down they can throw Schultz and myself out there because we are a little more gifted offensively.“Just the versatility we have is great and it’s helped us so much this year. Now hopefully it will help us in the tournament.”last_img read more

Gerard announces retirement from football

first_imgThe midfielder spent his entire English club career at Anfield – where he won the Champions League, UEFA Cup and two FA Cups.He left US side LA Galaxy earlier this month.Gerrard says he feels he’s still got a lot to offer the game – and he’s considering a number of options. Phil Thompson – who has played for and coached Liverpool – says he didn’t really expect him to quit at 36.last_img