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Bolivian president demands financial disclosure for 2019 presidential candidates

Xinhua

12:06, August 13, 2018

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File photo of Bolivian President Evo Morales (Photo: VCG)

LA PAZ, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales on Sunday proposed that candidates for the 2019 presidential elections disclose their financial information.

"There must be an end to the secrecy of bank accounts, especially for politicians," said Morales in a media interview.

"Those who want to be involved in politics ... must remove the secrecy around their bank accounts," he said, adding that those candidates unwilling to reveal their financial statements will be treated with suspicion.

Morales and Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera have already voluntarily publicized their financial accounts to demonstrate their transparency.

The ruling party that Morales heads, Movement for Socialism (MAS), wants all 2019 presidential candidates to make their finances public.

Victor Borda, an MAS deputy, said on Sunday that he plans to include an article on the removal of financial secrecy in a draft law to be drawn up by the Plurinational Electoral Organ, one of the highest bodies of constitutional power in Bolivia.

Norma Pierola, an opposition deputy, told Xinhua by phone that the draft law should not only apply to presidential candidates but to all authorities.

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