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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:08 pm 
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/10/worl ... livia.html

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Mr. Morales and his vice president, Álvaro García Linera, who also resigned, said in a national address that they were stepping down in an effort to stop the bloodshed that has spread across the country in recent weeks. But they admitted no wrongdoing and instead insisted that they were victims of a coup.

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Mr. Morales was once widely popular, and stayed in the presidency longer than any other current head of state in Latin America. He was the first Indigenous president in a country that had been led by a tiny elite of European descent for centuries, and he shepherded Bolivia through an era of economic growth and shrinking inequality, winning support from Bolivians who saw him as their first true representative in the capital.

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Mr. Morales’s reluctance to give up power — first bending the country’s laws to stand for a fourth election, then insisting that he won despite widespread concerns about fraud — left him besieged by protests, abandoned by allies and unable to count on the police and the armed forces, which sided with the protesters and demanded he resign.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:43 pm 
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I hope his successor continues his policies on coca eradication/preservation, but it was time for him to go.

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As he was in the middle of calling for a new election? This doesn't smell right.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:17 pm 
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Morales was the People's Hero for a very long time. Bolivia is not exactly a rich country. He was the President and he's been held responsible for the good and bad.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:26 am 
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As he was in the middle of calling for a new election? This doesn't smell right.


I think it's suspicious timing as well.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:49 am 
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Appears to have been more of a coup, from what I read, but they seem to have ordered and forced Morales to publicly resign as that's how they wanted it to appear.

That said, of course, as Zowie noted, it's not untrue that OAS and a large part of the electorate viewed the elections as rigged. Even some who had been supporting Morales before.

As I've said, Morales rightly opposed U.S. coca eradication programs in his country (was just talking about this the other day in class) ... I hope whoever succeeds him in office doesn't reverse this.

Morales was a former cocalero who used to appear wearing garlands of coca leaves at rallies; he even chewed a coca leaf in front of the UN. We should not be destroying an indigenous way of life (coca leaf chewing) in the name of the so-called U.S. "war on drugs".

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:21 pm 
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One problem was that Morales kept looking for ways to stay in office past his constitutional limits. Bad optics. Banana republic stuff. Then an election which was semi-legal to begin with went seriously off the rails.

After that, the "solution" to the disputed election walks, talks, and smells like a right/military coup d'etat. I wonder if it really is one.

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Bolivia crisis: Ex-President Morales offered asylum in Mexico
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-50383608

Mexico has offered asylum to former Bolivian President Evo Morales, a day after he resigned following weeks of protest over a disputed election.

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As he was in the middle of calling for a new election? This doesn't smell right.

Over at DU they are posting Bernie's tweet that it is a coup.

Hard to know for sure what is what here.

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He'd have been a dead man if he had stayed in Bolivia. It started as a protest of very apparent election fraud, but as far as I can tell from Nooz it was co-opted and became a real coup d'etat.

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