The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, was held this Sunday in the coca zone of Chimney, its political cradle in the central region of Cochabamba, to announce his resignation, after losing the support of the military and the police.
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“I resign from my position as president so that (Carlos) Mesa and (Luis Fernando) Camacho do not continue to persecute social leaders”, said Morales through television, alluding to opposition leaders who called protests against him, unleashed the day after the elections on October 20.
Immediately after the announcement, the streets of La Paz became a carnival, with the explosion of firecrackers and thousands of protesters waving Bolivian tricolor flags (red, yellow and green).
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Morales arrived in the afternoon aboard the presidential plane to the airport of Chimney, in the center of the country, accompanied by Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, who also resigned from his position and the presidency of the Congress.
In social networks it is speculated that Morales would travel abroad, many say that to Argentina.
In Chimore Morales It gained notoriety in the late 1980s as a leading militant of coca leaf producers, a traditional crop.
Morales, 60 years old and in power since 2006, he had won re-election in the questioned October elections, but the OAS audit mission detected numerous irregularities, in a report released on Sunday.
In the following hours, Morales he lost the support of the Armed Forces and the Police, while thousands of people demanded his resignation in the streets.
"The coup has been consummated", Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera said, sitting next to Morales, who also announced his resignation.
The Armed Forces of Bolivia and the Bolivian Police asked on Sunday President Evo Morales to resign his position to pacify the country, plunged into a political and social crisis since the general elections of last October 20.
The commander in chief of the military institution, Williams Kaliman, and the Bolivian Police commander, Yuri Calderon, read separate statements, suggesting the first and asking the second for Morales's resignation.
Kaliman He read a statement in the offices of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces in the southern zone of La Paz in which the institution pronounced “before the escalation of conflict that crosses the country, ensuring life, the security of the population, the guarantee of the empire of the Constitution ”.
“After analyzing the internal conflict situation, we suggest the president of the State to renounce his presidential mandate allowing the pacification and maintenance of stability, for the sake of our Bolivia", indicates the note.
The military also asked "the Bolivian people and mobilized sectors to depose the attitudes of violence, disorder among brothers, so as not to stain our families with blood, pain and mourning."
In a video released by the Bolivian Police, Calderon also read a statement in which he said that the institution adds “to the request of the Bolivian people to suggest Mr. President Evo Morales present his resignation to pacify the people of Bolivia in these hard times cross our nation. ”
The police chief gave this message "to the people of Bolivia" and to their "comrades who are mobilized" since Saturday in the riot unit near Murillo Square, seat of the Government and Legislative palaces.
Hours before ruling in this regard, the military announced air and ground operations against armed groups, after several attacks on bus caravans with detractors of President Morales.
For his part, the police commander announced that they will accompany the actions of the State Attorney General's office in the announced prosecution of the members of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal for "alleged irregular acts" in the elections.
The Public Ministry warned in a statement that the "very serious" irregularities detected by the Organization of American States (OAS) in the audit of the Bolivian electoral process may lead to "criminal and electoral offenses linked to the calculation of official results."
The OAS issued a report early in the day that warns of serious irregularities in the calculation of the results of the elections, after which the electoral body won Morales for a fourth consecutive term.
The president subsequently communicated, although without citing the report of the international organization, that there will be new elections in order to "pacify" the country, immersed in a serious crisis since the suspicion of fraud began the day after the vote.
At least three people have died and 421 have been injured since then in clashes between supporters and detractors of the president, according to data from the Ombudsman of Bolivia.
Source: With information from EFE