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Bolivia to hold elections by September 6 after delay due to Covid

Bolivia will hold general elections by September 6, after a poll scheduled for May was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal said on Tuesday.

Bolivia will hold general elections by September 6, after a poll scheduled for May was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal said on Tuesday.

The tribunal reached an agreement with the political parties, the national news agency ABI quoted Salvador Romero as saying.

The elections will be a rerun of the poll held in October 2019, in which Evo Morales, the Andean country’s president of 13 years, claimed another victory.

Widespread allegations of fraud sparked weeks of violent protests that forced Bolivia‘s first indigenous president to go into exile, while Jeanine Anez took power as interim president.

A new election was due on May 3, but it was postponed because of the pandemic.

Bolivia has started easing restrictions aimed at curbing novel coronavirus infections, which have risen above 10,000, to relaunch the economy.

The elections will be held under safety measures such as social distancing, Romero said.

The electoral tribunal earlier rejected a bid by Morales to seek a fourth term in office.

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