Posted On 21 Feb 2017
Sunday’s elections and the dissemination of the results generated concern in the armed forces. The General Council of the Army asked yesterday, February 20, to respect “without condition” the pronouncement of citizens. “The Armed Forces are allowed to make a call to the competent agencies of the State to ensure the strict respect for the will of our constituents expressed at the polls, as it is the sacred duty of the institutions not to ignore the will of the citizens. The Army stated that it would not take any action and it will observe “that the will of the people is guaranteed to one hundred percent.” And it demands an “agile and transparent electoral scrutiny for the peace in the country.”
Meanwhile, the head of the Army General Luis Castro sent a communiqué to Lieutenant General César Merizalde, commander of the Comaco (the highest authority of the soldiers).
In the letter, General Luis Castro convened “the Joint Command to analyze the current situation. And if it is the case, make an official statement on an urgent basis on the participation and responsibility of the institution during this electoral process, considering the respect for the constituted order and the will of the people expressed at the polls.”