The US asked that the results of the elections in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru be respected

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The US asked that the results of the elections in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru be respected: "We expect fair, free, and peaceful processes.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken recalled that societies that follow an undemocratic path "find it very difficult to regain lost ground." This Sunday, Ecuadorians, and Peruvians elect president while Bolivians, governors in three districts.

The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, urged that the elections this weekend in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru be "fair, free and peaceful ", and asked that the results be respected.

On behalf of the United States people, I wish the citizens of Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru a successful election on April 11 that will be fair, free, accessible, and peaceful.

As part of our efforts to protect and stabilize democracies, we must recognize that free and fair elections for all citizens are just one step in that process.

Since free and fair voting must be accompanied by respect for the results, the fundamental freedoms and accountability, "he said in a statement.

Democracy thrives when citizens and governments actively promote equality for all before the rule of law and human rights. When we address these fundamental pillars with determination and determination, democracy thrives, he added.

The history of the United States and other regions shows that it is very difficult for societies on an undemocratic path to regain their lost ground.

To prevent this from happening, we must all be vigilant in strengthening our democratic institutions in support of the rule of law, freedom of the press, and good governance, and establishing systems that solve problems and allow us to move towards a more auspicious future".

In September, it will be 20 years since the American nations met in Lima to sign the Inter-American Charter of Democracy, proving that "democracy is a way of life that promotes freedom and the economic, social and Based on cultural improvement.

We wish good luck to those who celebrate and preserve this democratic lifestyle this Sunday, and beyond, he concluded.

Amid the pandemic and the crisis, Peru and Ecuador hold presidential elections this Sunday and Bolivia the second round of elections to elect the governors of La Paz, Tarija, Chuquisaca, and Pando.

In the case of Peru, there are no favorites for the elections. No candidate exceeds 13%, according to the latest polls published in the country, which since 2018 has seen four presidents pass.

On Thursday, Keiko Fujimori (1990-2000), the daughter and political heir of former President Alberto Fujimori, topped the voting intention with a slow advantage in the five-fold technical tie-poll released. 

Both the Ipsos and Datum polls coincide in attributing first place to Fujimori with 12.9% of the valid votes, ahead of the other seventeen candidates fighting for the Presidency of Peru. However, there is also a high quota of undecided.

On the other hand, Ecuador is celebrating a close second round between the left-wing candidate Andrés Arauz - a dolphin of former president Rafael Correa - and the right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso.

Arauz said he was sure of his victory. He called on his supporters to "take care of the votes" and "go out to the streets" that night to "celebrate the popular victory." The young candidate, 36 years old, said that one of his tasks if he reaches the government will be to build a "new historical bloc" to bring together the social and productive forces of the country, to solve the economic crisis and health that, according to said, leaves the outgoing government of Lenín Moreno.

For his part, Lasso called for national unity to overcome the crisis in the Andean country. "Ecuador needs us together to face the future with determination and will," he said.