Without Fear Movement

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Movimiento Sin Miedo
Leader Juan Del Granado
Founded 1 March 1999
Headquarters La Paz, Bolivia
Ideology Democratic socialism,
progressivism[citation needed]
Political position Centre-left[citation needed]
Politics of Bolivia
Political parties
Elections

Without Fear Movement (in Spanish: Movimiento Sin Miedo, MSM) is a Progressive political party in Bolivia. MSM was founded on March 1, 1999.

The leader of the party, Juan del Granado, has been mayor of La Paz since 2000. The party won mayoral elections in 2010 in both La Paz and Oruro.

MSM poster during the 2008 referendum campaign, illustrating the party's embrace of the "process of change" and critical stance towards the successes and limitations of MAS rule. Banner text: "Yes to the process of change / Without Fear with Evo"

MSM entered into a political alliance with the Movement for Socialism (MAS-IPSP) on September 3, 2005 in advance of the 2005 presidential election. The parties also consolidated their efforts during the 2006 election for the Constituent Assembly,[1] in support of President Evo Morales during the 2008 recall referendum, and finally in a joint legislative slate in the 2009 general election.

Elected officials[edit]

Plurinational Legislative Assembly[edit]

Four members of MSM were elected to serve in the lower house of Bolivia's Congress when the party was in alliance with the MAS-IPSP: Javier Zavaleta, Marcela Revollo, Fabián Yaksic, and Samuel Pamuri. The last three of those were elected to uninominal seats.[1] As part of a break between the MSM and its ally the Movement for Socialism (MAS-IPSP), the party's four deputies, elected on the MAS slate left the MAS ranks and pledged in late March 2010, "to act in accord with our political identity, with our conscience, and with the people who elected us with their vote."[2] However, Samuel Pamuri quickly pledged his allegiance to the MAS-IPSP by April 2010.[3] Javier Zavaleta distanced himself from the Without Fear Movement as well, culminating in his formal detachment in February 2011.[4]

MAS-IPSP deputies have repeatedly threatened to remove the remaining deputies from their seats for non-adherence to their elected slate. In January 2012, the Without Fear Movement proposed that the five uninominal seats representing the city of La Paz (including Zavaleta, Revollo, Yaksic, and Pamuri, as well as Guillermo Torres of the MAS-IPSP) be subjected to a revocation referendum, thereby confirming or rejecting their current party allegiances.[3]

Municipal officials[edit]

In the departmental and municipal elections on 4 April 2010, the MSM participated in 176 contests, winning the mayor's office in 21 municipalities.[5][6] Luis Revilla won the municipality of La Paz, which marked a third time that the Without Fear Movement rules as mayor. Also, Rossío Pimentel Flores, from the MSM, won the municipality of Oruro, something unexpected, since the Movement towards Socialism has enjoyed strong support from that city. The MSM has consolidated itself, since then, in strong opposition to the ruling party.[2]

In September 2010, the party began a petition and pressure campaign in defense of La Paz Mayor Luis Revilla, who has been charged by the national treasury inspector's office with misuse of funds, and "in defense of the popular vote."[citation needed]

Presidential candidacy, 2014[edit]

After President Evo Morales suggested he would run for re-election in 2014, Juan del Granado, leader of the Without Fear Movement challenged its former ally, the Movement towards Socialism to carry out a constitutional referendum to do so. Simultaneously, del Granado stated that the MSM will present a candidate for president.[7] On November 11, 2013, the MSM nominated del Granado as its candidate for president in the 2014 elections.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Los "sin miedo" efectuaron una extensa autoevaluación: Consejo del MSM descarta una ruptura con el MAS". La Prensa. 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Ruptura MAS-MSM llega a la Asamblea Legislativa," La Prensa, 27 March 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Diputado Samuel Pamuri niega militancia en MSM". El Diario. 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  4. ^ "Diputado Javier Zavaleta no representa más al MSM". Los Tiempos. 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  5. ^ "Elecciones en Bolivia," Bolivia Prensa, 3 April 2010.
  6. ^ "MAS ganó en 231 alcaldías". Los Tiempos. 2010-05-16. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  7. ^ "Del Granado reta a Evo a ir a referéndum". Los Tiempos (Cochabamba). 2010-09-23. pp. A1, A2. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  8. ^ "A 11 meses de comicios exsocio de Evo es el primer candidato a la presidencia". Opinión (Cochabamba, Bolivia). 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-12.