The former Bolivian president Evo Morales has made official on Monday the resignation he announced on Sunday in a speech in a letter in which he claims that it is a “forced resignation” resulting from a “political, civic and police coup”.
“The first indigenous Government ends today with my forced resignation to the Presidency of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, product of a political, civic and police coup d'etat,” reads the letter, collected by the Bolivian newspaper 'Página Siete'.
Morales has argued that his “responsibility” as “indigenous president and of all Bolivians” is “to prevent the coupists from continuing to persecute and harass” their supporters, mentioning the indigenous people and the leaders of their political party, the Al Movement Socialism (MAS).
“Today, (…) the humble, the workers, the Aymara and Quechua and lowland indigenous people began the long road of resistance to defend the historical achievements of the first indigenous Government,” he said.
“Today, it is the moment of solidarity between us and us, tomorrow will be the moment of reorganization and the step forward in this struggle that does not end with these sad events. The slogan is to resist tomorrow to fight again for the homeland” , he pointed out.
According to the Reuters news agency, Morales's resignation face, dated November 10 in the Tropic of Cochabamba, has already reached the Legislative Assembly, the first step to end the power vacuum.
Already this Monday, Morales has spoken via Twitter to demand the opposition “to assume its responsibility to pacify the country and guarantee political stability and peaceful coexistence.”
The former president has echoed the first episodes of violence after his departure from the Burned Palace. In La Paz and El Alto there have already been riots. In these 21 days of protests, at least three people have died and hundreds have been injured and arrested.
“As in October 2003, Carlos de Mesa, the coup accomplice of fugitive Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, inaugurates his coup d'etat with repression to cause deaths and injuries in La Paz and El Alto. The international community is witness to this attack against the life and the Constitution, “Morales denounced in the social network.
Specifically, he regretted that, on the first day after the “civic-political-police coup”, “the mutinous police repress with a bullet to cause deaths and injuries in El Alto.” “My solidarity with those innocent victims, including a girl, and the heroic people of El Salvador, a defender of democracy,” he said.
In addition, he has asked health and education workers, “not as president”, but as “human being”, “return to provide services to the population, after so many strikes and strikes.” “Above political positions, they have the mission of taking care of the people with warmth and solidarity,” he argued.
CRISIS IN BOLIVIA
The origin of the crisis in Bolivia is the presidential elections of October 20, in which, according to opposition candidate Carlos Mesa, there was a “gigantic fraud” to guarantee a fourth term of Morales.
After a wave of protests that led to clashes, blockades and looting, Morales agreed that the Organization of American States (OAS) would conduct an electoral audit that has finally confirmed irregularities.
In this context, the indigenous leader agreed to hold new elections but insisted on remaining a candidate, after which both the Police and the Armed Forces suggested he resign, something he did shortly after. Morales, as well as some Latin American countries, has denounced a “coup d'etat.”