Bolivian President Evo Morales announced Sunday his resignation after three weeks of strong protests against his reelection to a fourth term. "I give up my position as president," said the 60-year-old indigenous leader, who has been in power since 2006 and whose army and police have just called for the departure. "The coup took place," added Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, who also resigned. For its part, Cuba has "strongly condemned the coup in Bolivia."
Dropped by the army
Shortly before, the commander-in-chief of the army, General Williams Kaliman, had asked the head of state to "give up his presidential mandate to allow the pacification and maintenance of stability, for the sake of our Bolivia. ". "We join the call of the Bolivian people to suggest to President Evo Morales to resign to pacify the people of Bolivia," the general police commander, General Vladimir Yuri Calderon, said.
The crisis left 3 dead and 383 wounded
Accompanied by the crowd, Luis Fernando Camacho, the most visible and radical leader of the opposition, went to the headquarters of the government in La Paz to symbolically give a letter of resignation to sign by Evo Morales, and a copy of the Bible. The political crisis had accelerated brutally Sunday in the Andean country, where general strike and demonstrations paralyze the activity for ten days, in a climate of violence and clashes between the two camps. In three weeks, the wave of protest left three dead and 383 wounded.
An announcement that follows cascading resignations this Sunday. Indeed, several ministers and deputies, including the president of the Assembly, resigned Sunday and the opposition calls on President Evo Morales to do the same, after three weeks of challenging his reelection.
Speaking of protesters who burned down his house in Potosi (southwest), the president of the National Assembly, Victor Borda, resigned, imitated according to the Bolivian television by a dozen deputies. "As long as it helps preserve the physical integrity of my brother, who was taken hostage" during the attack, he said.
Shortly after, the Minister of Mines, Cesar Navarro, also gave up his job, saying he wanted to "preserve (his) family" after the fire of his house and the assault of his nephew.
"The course of events goes against my personal principles, as well as my spiritual and democratic values," wrote the Minister of Hydrocarbons, Luis Alberto Sanchez, in his resignation letter sent to the president and published on Twitter.