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Chaos In Bolivia After President Morales Resigns, Claims He Was Victim Of A Coup

Morales stressed that his resignation does not mean that the socialist case is defeated. “It is no betrayal. The struggle continues. We are a people.”

Shortly after the country’s military “urged” him to do so, Bolivian President Evo Morales resigned on Sunday to ease violence that has gripped the South American nation since a disputed election last month, but he stoked fears of further unrest in a country that has been paralyzed by weeks of protests after saying he was the victim of a “coup” and faced arrest.

Morales, who has been in power for nearly 14 years, said in televised comments that he would submit his resignation letter to help restore stability, though he aimed barbs at what he called a “civic coup” and later said police planned to arrest him.

“I resign from my position as president so that (Carlos) Mesa and (Luis Fernando) Camacho do not continue to persecute socialist leaders,” Morales said in the televised address naming the leaders of the opposition.

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Olivia Kroth
November 12, 2019

Chaos indeed. Evo Morales fled to Mexico, where he received asylum.

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Reply to  Olivia Kroth
November 12, 2019

TASS reports: Bolivian defense minister steps down amid protests Earlier, the chief commander of the Bolivian armed forces announced that the military would join an effort on maintaining order in the streets upon a request from police MOSCOW, November 12. /TASS/. Bolivian Defense Minister Javier Zavaleta has announced his resignation amid the ongoing protests that have gripped the country, the South American country’s Defense Ministry wrote on its Twitter account. “I’m stepping down as the defense minister in order to maintain unity in the Armed Forces,” the minister stressed. Zavaleta stressed that he and Commander-in-Chief Evo Morales, who earlier resigned,… Read more »

Reply to  Olivia Kroth
November 12, 2019

You’d think that after more than 10 years in power, Morales would have put loyal men in charge of the military. I mean, look at Venezuela’s situation, far more pressure put on that country, far deeper divisions, yet the military command remained loyal to Maduro.
What’s happening now is obviously orchestrated by US secret services, and most likely with Trump’s approval or ignorance, which is virtually the same thing.

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Reply to  M4A MMT
November 12, 2019

Yes, indeed, Morales is far too soft. He is not a military man. Hugo Chavez in Venezuela was a military man. He understood perfectly well that you need the military backing you, if you want to survive a coup attempt. Chavez purged the Venezuelan military and placed his supporters in it. His successor Nicolas Maduro is also very active in this way. Therefore coup trickster Guaido had no chance in Venezuela. He made a fool of himself. Many people call the Venezuelan President Maduro “dumb”, because he was a bus driver without higher education. However, he has a killer instinct,… Read more »

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