the crisis worsens, the army asks President Evo Morales to resign


Spoke by protesters who burned his house in Potosi (southwest), the president of the National Assembly submitted his resignation, imitated by a dozen deputies.

The political crisis is worsening in Bolivia. Several ministers and deputies, including the President of the Assembly, resigned on Sunday, November 10, while the army calls on President Evo Morales to do the same, after three weeks of challenging his re-election.

"After analyzing the situation, we ask the president to give up his presidential term, which will restore peace and maintain stability for the good of Bolivia"said the commander of the country's armed forces, Williams Kaliman, to reporters.

The 60-year-old indigenous leader convened a new presidential election earlier Sunday, after a report from the Organization of American States (OAS) called for the cancellation of the contested October 20 poll for cause. The announcement of a new ballot – an option he rejected until then – was aimed at "pacify Bolivia" but failed to bring calm, and clashes between protesters and law enforcement continued Sunday.

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. Shortly thereafter, the Minister of Mines, Cesar Navarro, also gave up his post, saying he wanted "preserve (her) family" after the fire of his house and the aggression 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 letter of resignation sent to the president and published on Twitter.

Several opposition leaders have urged the head of state to resign. The Bolivian president announced that he was going "renew the membership of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE)", then "call for new elections that will, by voting, allow the Bolivian people to democratically elect new authorities". But he did not specify the date of this new ballot, or whether he would represent it.

The 20 October vote resulted in the re-election of Evo Morales for a fourth term until 2025, an option rejected by the people in a referendum in February 2016. His score announced by the TSE, exceeding by more than 10 points that of Carlos Mesa, was immediately described as fraudulent by the opposition.

Signs of a worsening of the situation have increased in recent days, with mutinies of police units in several parts of the country and the occupation of state media by protesters. "Our democracy is in danger because of the ongoing coup that violent groups have launched against the constitutional order"Evo Morales said Friday night. The wave of protest that has shaken the country for three weeks has left three dead and 383 injured.

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