Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Bolivia's Coup: A "Resignation" He Couldn't Refuse

Bolivia’s Evo Morales Forced to Resign in Coup d’État


November 12, 2019

Even though Morales agreed to the OAS's push for new elections, the country's opposition and military forced him out.
Bolivia’s president Evo Morales has been forced from office and has been granted political asylum in Mexico. The events that let up to this happened in rapid succession over the weekend. On Sunday, the Organization of American States, the OAS, released a report about the October 20 presidential election in which it said that there were numerous irregularities and that the official result, which gave Morales a more than 10-point victory over this rival, could not be audited. The OAS thus recommended a new presidential election.

President Morales, who had previously promised to abide by the OAS report, announced the same day that the report came out that he would, indeed, call for a new election. However, Bolivia’s top generals came out with a statement that day urging the president to resign.

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