“I made a decision… to call for a new general election that would allow people to democratically choose the authorities,” Morales announced on Sunday. The plebiscite is set to include a new round of voting for the president, the vice president, and the members of both chambers of Parliament. In his address, Morales also promised to completely replace the members of the nation’s election commission.
After the snap election was announced, the Bolivian opposition demanded that Morales resign altogether. The president, however, firmly rejected this call, branding it a coup attempt in the making.
“They demand that I resign, this is an attempted coup .... This is unconstitutional and illegal. I have a constitutional mandate that lasts until January next year,” Morales told teleSUR.
Earlier on Sunday, OAS issued a preliminary report, saying it is “statistically unlikely” that Morales secured a 10-percent lead, required to avoid a runoff vote. The auditors claimed to have found security flaws in voting software and traces of “clear manipulation” of the vote-tallying system.
Therefore, having been unable to validate the results, the mission recommended holding a new round of elections in the country. Morales requested the audit after doubt was cast on him winning a fourth consecutive term as leader of Bolivia on October 20.
So depressing. Coup successful. https://t.co/QuMihmqKSS— Rania Khalek (@RaniaKhalek) November 10, 2019
This coup is a far right reassertion https://t.co/3pFaC6Hexf— Michael Brooks (@_michaelbrooks) November 10, 2019
After Bolivia, where do you think the US will attempt another typical CIA-designed coup in Latin America?— failedevolution (@failedevolution) November 10, 2019
The US has fomented and backed coups all over Latin America, stamping out democratic movements and toppling elected leaders that offer anything other than more wealth and power for the rich.— Jacobin (@jacobinmag) November 10, 2019
Solidarity with Evo Morales.
After clearly winning another term, Morales is forced out by a violent fascist coup. This is a horrible blow to democracy and leftist movements across Latin America. The world must stand in solidarity with the people in Bolivia who will suffer greatly as a result https://t.co/4JD0oAUUGd— Abby Martin (@AbbyMartin) November 10, 2019
BREAKING: #Bolivia President Evo Morales resigns under military pressure. Right-wing opposition launched violent protests after #Morales' recent re-election, demanding a new vote. Morales agreed to new elections- then army forced him to resign. Another RW coup in Latin America 🚨— Dr. Jill Stein🌻 (@DrJillStein) November 10, 2019