© AP Photo/Juan KaritaBolivia’s President Evo Morales on 10 November was announced, that resigns. According to the information published by the Higher electoral court of the country, Morales won the presidential elections held on October 20. After the announcement of the election results in Bolivia, the protests began.
How it all began
In Bolivia, the October 20, held presidential and parliamentary elections. At the highest state post claimed nine candidates, but the main struggle was between the current Bolivian leader Evo Morales and Carlos Mesa, who also served as President of Bolivia.
The first results of the voting were made public a few hours after the polls closed. However, after that the counting of votes was interrupted, alerted, in particular, the opposition of Bolivia and the leadership of Argentina, Brazil, USA and Organization of American States. After a long break, the election Commission has resumed the publication of the voting results. According to the results of processing 100% of ballots, the elections were won by Morales, who scored 47,08% of the vote, while Mesa scored of 36.51%.
Dissatisfied with the outcome of the election, opposition supporters took to the protest developed into a riot. In this regard, Evo Morales announced the introduction in Bolivia of a state of emergency and accused the opposition of attempting to organise a coup. November 10, amid continued protests the leader of the state announced the holding of new presidential elections.
What personnel changes followed
Evo Morales, despite his assurances that I will not resign under pressure from the opposition and the protesters, announced on 10 November on the resignation of presidential powers. To this decision he was also called commander of the Armed forces of Bolivia Williams Romero and Bolivian workers ‘ Union, believing that it “will calm the people.”
Several hours later, after loud statements Morales, the leader held in the country’s protests Luis Fernando Camacho said that the police got a warrant to arrest policy.
The candidate in presidents of Bolivia, Carlos Mesa called the resignation of Morales the “end of tyranny”.
After the President about his resignation announced the Vice-President of Bolivia, álvaro garcía Liner, and the speaker of the Senate of Bolivia, adriana Salvatierra.
The second Deputy speaker of the Senate of Bolivia Jeanine anes of the opposition party “Democratic unity” he said that will take on the duties of acting President.
Even before Morales decided to resign the Minister of mining and metallurgical industry of Bolivia, césar Navarro and the Minister of hydrocarbons and energy Luis Alberto Sanchez. The Chairman of the chamber of deputies of the Plurinational legislative Assembly of Bolivia Victor Borda also decided to leave his post.
Announced that leaves his office, and the President of the Supreme electoral Tribunal, maría Eugenia Choque. As reported by the newspaper Pagina Siete, subsequently, the PSC was arrested.
Vice-Chairman of the electoral Commission of Bolivia, Antonio Costas resigned almost immediately after the presidential election.
What was the reaction of other countries to what is happening in Bolivia
The Cuban government called a coup d’etat, the resignation of the President of Bolivia. In the Cuban foreign Ministry condemned what is happening in the country, and expressed, Evo Morales their support.
About the coup in Bolivia, and said the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro. He added that “political and social movements of the world, announcing the mobilization to demand to save the lives of Bolivian indigenous peoples, victims of racism”.
The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Colombia proposed to convene an emergency meeting of the Organization of American States in connection with the crisis in Bolivia.
The President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro said about the need to abandon electronic voting and return to paper ballot on the background of the resignation of Morales. The former Brazilian leader Luiz inácio Lula da Silva blamed the economic elite of the region in a coup in Bolivia. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Brazil Ernesto araújo believes that the events in Bolivia cannot be considered a coup.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard described the situation in Bolivia, “military operation”. According to him, the Mexican government is ready to grant asylum Morales.
Elected President of Argentina, Alberto fernández condemned “acts of violence that prevented Evo Morales to complete his mandate.”
Guide Peru called for the restoration of peace and harmony in Bolivia and pointed out the necessity of holding General elections.
The government of Canada has supported calls for repeat elections in Bolivia after the publication of the report of the Organization of American States. Ottawa after the resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales “will continue to support the Bolivian people during the process of transition of power in the country.”
UN Secretary-General, antónio Guterres, expressed concern about events in Bolivia events related to the resignation of the President.
The official representative of the division for Western hemisphere Affairs of the us state Department announced that the United States is following developments in Bolivia, calling on all parties to refrain from violence.
Chilean authorities called for peaceful settlement of the crisis in Bolivia.