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POST TIME: 12 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 11 November, 2019 08:39:29 PM
Bolivia’s Morales resigns
AFP, La Paz

Bolivia’s Morales resigns

Handout picture released by the Bolivian Presidency showing Bolivian President Evo Morales offering a press conference in El Alto, on Sunday. AFP photo

Bolivian President Evo Morales has resigned, caving in following three weeks of sometimes-violent protests over his disputed re-election after the army and police withdrew their backing, sparking wild celebrations in La Paz.

“I resign my post as president,” the leftist Morales said Sunday in a televised address, capping a day of fast-moving events in which many ministers and senior officials quit as support for Latin America’s longest-serving president crumbled and created a temporary leadership vacuum in the country.

The streets of La Paz immediately exploded in celebration, with jubilant Bolivians waving the country’s flag, but violence and vandalism later erupted overnight in La Paz and the neighboring city of El Alto.

The main opposition candidate in the election, former president Carlos Mesa, said Bolivians “have taught the world a lesson. Tomorrow Bolivia will be a new country.”