Bolivian President Morales Announces Resignation
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Bolivian President Morales Announces Resignation

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Bolivian President Morales Announces Resignation

Image Attribute: Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma announcing his resignation / Source: teleSUR

On November 10, 2019, Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma has resigned after nearly 14 years in power, amid protests following his disputed re-election last month. Morales, who is serving his fourth term as president, had previously called the protests around his election a coup. In recent years, his increasingly authoritarian leadership style met opposition from the populace. His resignation has been greeted with celebrations in La Paz by protesters.

The pressure on Morales increased after Bolivian Armed Forces commander William Kaiman and police chief Vladimir Calderon Mariscal both appeared on camera to call on Morales to step down. The televised call by Kaiman comes hours after an Organization of American States (OAS) investigation into his re-election last month found irregularities.

Bolivian presidential re-elections took place on October 20. Morales got 47.07% of the votes, while its main competitor, Carlos Mesa, reached 36.51%. By Bolivian electoral rules, Morales was declared elected because he obtained a 10 percentage-point lead to avoid a runoff. The counting of the votes, however, was accompanied by controversy, with accusations coming from both sides.

Alongside Morales, Vice President Alvaro García Linera also announced that he is leaving his post. In addition, Supreme Court Electoral Tribunal President Maria Eugenia Choque also announced her resignation.

About President Juan Evo Morales Ayma

President  Juan Evo Morales Ayma is a former cocalero activist who served as the 80th President of Bolivia from 2006 to 2019. Widely regarded as the country's first president to come from the indigenous population, his administration has focused on the implementation of leftist policies, poverty reduction, and combating the influence of the United States and multinational corporations in Bolivia.

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