Bolivia’s beleaguered President Morales announces resignation

Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Sunday he would resign after the military suggested he step down and allies resigned amid a…

Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Sunday he would resign after the military suggested he step down and allies resigned amid a fierce backlash to a disputed election last month.

“I resign my post as president,” Morales said in a televised address, capping a day of fast-moving events in which several ministers and senior officials quit as support for Latin America‘s longest-serving president crumbled.

“I want to tell you, brothers and sisters, that the fight does not end here. The poor, the social movements, will continue in this fight for equality and peace,” he said.

The commander of Bolivia‘s armed forces earlier called on the embattled Morales to resign.

“After analysing the internal conflict situation, we ask the president of the state to renounce his presidential mandate, allowing for peace to be restored and the maintenance of stability for the good of Bolivia,” armed forces commander Williams Kaliman told reporters.

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