Why did Evo Morales resigned as President of Bolivia just a few weeks after the latest elections?
La Paz, Nov.11 (DP.net).– After a re-election pervaded by fraud, Evo Morales finally gave-up power following weeks of unrest and protests in the South American country. Morales stated in a television address he was stepping down for the “good of the country” after police forces withdrew support from the government and the Army refrained from giving him further support.
He has been facing increasingly widespread criticism as Bolivian citizens disputed the results of elections held last month. Preliminary counting following the vote was abruptly stopped when results in favor of Morales were lagging behind the required percentage to avoid a runoff. Soon after, President Morales proclaimed that there will not be a runoff before the official results were given.
Indeed, the preliminary count stopped for 24 hours until the electoral board, composed mainly by Morales followers, finally released updated results the following day showing they had counted 95% of the vote, claiming that final results were giving Morales 47.08% of the vote against 36.51% for his main opponent, Carlos Mesa. The surprising new count giving 10 point advantage to Morales meant the President would not need to compete in a runoff and gave rise to claims Mr. Morales’ party had grossly manipulated the results.
Protests erupted in the streets, with more than 100 people injured and three dead as clashes between Bolivians ensued ending in Morales' resignation this last Sunday.
The Mexican foreign secretary, Marcelo Ebrard, says Mexico has granted the request for asylum from former Bolivian President Evo Morales.
U.S. President Donald Trump says the resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales is a significant moment for democracy in the Western Hemisphere. Mr. Trump says the United States applauds the Bolivian people for demanding freedom and the Bolivian military for abiding by its oath to protect Bolivia’s constitution.
Morales, his vice president and several top officials, including the Senate leader, resigned Sunday. The resignations created a power vacuum in the country. Bolivian opposition lawmaker Jeanine Añez says she plans to become head of the Senate following the resignation of Evo Morales and the other senior leaders. As head of the Senate, Añez will be next in line for the nation’s interim presidency.