La Paz, Nov. 10 (RHC) Bolivia's president, Evo Morales, announced his resignation on November 10 following an escalation of tension that resulted in a wave of resignations in the South American country.
Previously, both the head of the Armed Forces and the general commander of the Bolivian Police had suggested the resignation of the president.
"We are leaving Bolivia with sovereignty and state independence … with the dignity and identity of the Bolivian people," said Morales when announcing his resignation from Chimore, in the department of Cochabamba.
Morales explains that he decided to resign so that former candidate Carlos Mesa and the chief opponent of the Santa Cruz Civic Committee, Luis Fernando Camacho, "do not continue to persecute my brothers, union leaders (…) so that they do not continue burning the houses "of public officials, and to stop" kidnapping and mistreating "relatives of indigenous leaders.
"It is no betrayal. The struggle continues. We are a people," said the outgoing head of state, underlining the remarkable level of development achieved by the country during his tenure. "I tell the youth: be human with the humblest," he added.
The vice president resigns
Ruling on the resignation of the president, Alvaro Garcia Linera, vice president of Bolivia, has also communicated his resignation.
"I am very proud to have been vice president of an indigenous, of a peasant. And I will always be loyal to him, I will always be by his side, accompanying him in good times and in bad times," he said.
"We are not going to reestablish the constitutional order based on blood and fire," said Garcia Linera, who has also resigned from his position as president of the Legislative Assembly.
"The coup d'etat has been consummated," said the vice president of the mandate of Evo Morales.
"This is a coup d'etat"
Evo Morales had called for new general elections in Bolivia "to seek peace" and in accordance with a suggestion from the Organization of American States (OAS).
"All for life, all for the country, for democracy and also for social justice," said the president.
However, Morales condemned that the civic groups have not accepted the dialogue proposed by his Government and, although new elections were announced and several of his demands were guaranteed, "now they reject everything" and ask for his "resignation".
"This is conspiring against democracy, this is a coup d'etat," the Bolivian head of state condemned before his resignation was communicated. (Source / RT)