Bolivia's former President Evo Morales on Saturday appealed for his supporters to attend a rally on the border between Argentina and Bolivia on Dec. 29 to choose a candidate for Bolivia’s election early next year.

Iran Press/America: In an interview with Argentine radio, Evo Morales, who has sought political asylum in Argentina, said he had called the meeting of the Movement for Socialism party, which he helmed for 14 years as president, Reuters reported.

“We will choose our candidate with a view to the upcoming elections in Bolivia,” Morales told Radio La Network.

An October vote to pick a new president, vice president and some national legislators was annulled because of serious irregularities detected by an international audit.

The vote-rigging scandal forced Morales to resign and leave Bolivia in mid-November.

This week, lawmakers appointed a six-member electoral tribunal, which is expected to set a date by Jan. 2 for new elections within 120 days.

The ex-president did not report the place of the meeting, but the local press suggested it could take place in the cities of Oran or Salvador Mazza, in the province of Salta, about 1,300 kilometers (808 miles) northwest of Buenos Aires.

Morales said the Argentine government had agreed to provide security for the event.

After 3 weeks of political crisis and military pressure, Evo Morales and his First Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera stepped down on November 10 and went to Mexico in order to prevent further violence.

The leader has been a staying in Argentina since Dec. 12, after he left Mexico, where he went after resigning from the presidency and under pressure from the armed forces.


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