Bolivian president Evo Morales announced the he is suspending his campaign for re-election to tackle the wildfires raging in the Bolivian Amazon at a news conference in Cochabamba on Sunday.

"We will all dedicate ourselves to taking care of the entire Chuiquitania [region affected by wildfires], the entire Bolivian Amazon. And I am asking municipal mayors, authorities, union leaders to give notice in advance. These fires will continue to appear. There has been more than two months without rain throughout the Amazon. And where there is drought there are fires," said Morales.

He also welcomed international aid and called for a meeting of regional leaders to discuss a joint strategy of battling the wildfires. A record number of fires have been raging through the Amazon rainforest most of which is located in Brazil but which also stretches into Bolivia and several other countries.

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