Evo Morales, who led Bolivia for 13 years, announced his resignation on Sunday 10 November, 2019 facing calls to resign from the country’s military and police.
Morales said he made the decision so his political rivals would stop harming the families and properties of members of the ruling Movement for Socialism (MAS).
The 80th president of Bolivia, Morales is widely considered to be the first Native American leader since Spanish colonialism and was the longest-serving president of Bolivia. Born on 26 October 1959, he was first elected president on 22 January 2006.
The commander of the Bolivian armed forces, Williams Kaliman, has urged President Evo Morales to step down amid ongoing fabricated anti-government protests.
Luis Fernando Camacho, a Santa Cruz civic leader and opposition figure, said Sunday that an arrest warrant for Morales had been issued, adding that Bolivian police, along with the nation’s armed forces, have launched a search in the province of Chapare, where the former president has allegedly fled.
Unconfirmed reports started circulating on Sunday alleging Evo Morales’ plane had requested flight plan route to Argentina. The footage of the alleged escape showing a small jet taking off purportedly from El Alto airport in La Paz.
Vice president, Jeanine Anez, who earlier announced that she would assume presidency, following Morales’ resignation, announced her intention to hold new presidential elections, according to local media.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said that the country had received 20 Bolivian officials at its residence in La Paz and would offer an asylum to former Bolivian president Evo Morales if he sought it.
Argentine President-Elect Fernandez Says ‘Institutional Breakdown in Bolivia is Unacceptable’. This must be stopped, pointing the problems to the OAS, based in Washington.
Moscow is deeply concerned by the fact that the Bolivian government’s willingness to search for solutions through dialogue was swept away by developments resembling a staged coup.
Moscow is calling on Bolivia’s political forces to show responsibility and find a constitutional way out of the crisis.
TASS reported, that the Foreign Ministry also said that Moscow is following the situation in Bolivia,“where the opposition-initiated wave of violence has prevented Evo Morales from completing his presidential term”?
Morales was a president who made it his policy to fight poverty and illiteracy in Bolivia. Upon his election in 2006, Bolivia had the highest illiteracy rate in Latin America, while the country suffered from deep poverty.
In 2014, in an article ‘Evo Morales has proved that socialism doesn’t damage economies,’ The Guardian said that, under Morales’s leadership, extreme poverty had declined by 43% and moderate poverty had declined by 25%, while social spending increased by over 45%, including raising minimum wages twice: by 87.7%.
Morales’s economic achievements were praised by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund although Morales began his tenure by ditching IMF recommendations.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2019.