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Former Leader Jorge Quiroga Joins Bolivian Presidential Race

LA PAZ – Jorge Quiroga, who served as Bolivia’s head of state in 2001-2002 after the death in office of Hugo Banzer, on Wednesday announced his candidacy for the Oct. 12 presidential election.

Quiroga was presented by Christian Democratic Party (PDC) chairman Jorge Suarez Vargas at a rally in La Paz.

“I accept this nomination made by the PDC with complete satisfaction for a single reason: for the future of our children. I want to say to all Bolivians that the future of our children is what matters,” Quiroga said.

This will be his second run for the presidency.

He got 28.5 percent of the vote in 2005, when Evo Morales won the presidency with the support of 54 percent of the voters.

Morales and his vice president, Alvaro Garcia Linera, who were re-elected by a large majority in 2009, are seeking another term.

Bolivia’s Constitutional Court accepted Morales’ argument that his first term should not be counted against the limit of two consecutive terms established in the 2009 charter.

Cement magnate Samuel Doria Medina, who also lost to Morales in 2005, is likewise running again this year.

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