Bolivia’s election commission said on Wednesday that the country will elect its first president on Dec. 9.
The country’s electoral commission, the Bolivian Electoral Commission (CEB), has announced that the first presidential election will take place on Dec 9 in Bolivia’s capital, La Paz.
The CEB said it was conducting a nationwide election to elect a “President for Life” to serve for a maximum of five consecutive terms, beginning with a run-off election on Jan. 31.
Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, has led Bolivia for 17 years and has been elected twice on an opposition-led platform, and the first time, in 2018, he narrowly lost a runoff election.
His re-election has been marred by allegations of electoral fraud.
Critics say Morales’s victory was tainted by the country’s ongoing civil war, which has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people.
Morales is also under investigation for corruption in his handling of the nation’s energy resources.