Published: Mon, November 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Bolivian President Morales announces resignation

Bolivian President Morales announces resignation

Mexico's foreign secretary is criticizing the Bolivian military for getting involved in events that preceded Sunday's resignation by Bolivian President Evo Morales. Two government ministers in charge of mines and hydrocarbons, the Chamber of Deputies president and three other pro-government legislators announced their resignations. The crisis deepened dramatically when the country's military chief went on national television to call on him to step down.

Three people are dead and more than 300 people are injured in a wave of protests across Bolivia over the results of the October 20 election.

As the fallout from the audit report swept across Bolivia, there were signs that Mr Morales' support was waning fast.

Police retreated to their barracks in at least three cities.

For his part, Defense Minister Javier Zavaleta denied in a press conference that the Armed Forces had taken to the streets following the mutiny of police officers in Cochabamba. "Everyone has an obligation to bring peace to Bolivia", he said. Their listed demands include better working conditions, the resignation of their commander and guarantees that they won't be used as a political "instrument of any government".

"We categorically condemn the coup realized against our brother president", Maduro said on Twitter.

The decision comes after continued protests for the president to step down.

"I have nothing to negotiate with Evo Morales, who has lost all grip on reality", he said. He also called on supporters to join peaceful rallies.

The head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, said the results giving the leftist leader a first-round victory and a fourth term in office "must be annulled and the electoral process must begin again". Findings are expected Monday or Tuesday.

"We do not want to be indifferent".

Mr Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, accuses opponents of trying to depose him. More than 30 injuries were reported.

"Today we won a battle", Camacho told a crowd of cheering supporters in the capital before Morales' resignation, though he added more time was needed to fix the constitutional order and democracy.

After the October 20 vote, Morales declared himself the outright victor even before official results indicated he had obtained just enough support to avoid a runoff with Mesa.

The country's election board had an unexplained 24-hour halt in the vote count with 83 percent of the results counted and the president ahead by 7 percentage point but need 10 percentage points to avoid a runoff. The term is five years. The country's top court, considered by critics as friendly to the president, ruled that limits would violate Morales' political rights as a citizen, AP pointed out.

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