Evo Morales, the President of Bolivia, resigned on Sunday. The cause of his decision was the growth of opposition after an international audit discovered serious irregularities in the results of the elections held last month.
The country has been roiled by protests recently. The situation became dangerous for common people. Three persons were killed during the protests and hundreds were injured. This is why the President stepped down. He said that his decision was for the good of the country.
The protests against the Bolivian President
Over the weekend, the nation’s call for the resignation of the President became louder. In order to restore peace, Cmdr. Williams Kaliman, the head of Armed Forces, turned to the leader of the country asking him to show good will and resign for the sake of the country.
Morales claimed that it was a coup that pushed him out of his position. All the allies he had in South America also said the same. The opposition, however, called it a fight for democracy rather than a coup.
The opposition accused the politician and all the authorities who were involved in the election process of manipulating the results. The politician and his aides allegedly intruded into the vote count and turned it in favour of Morales. He, however, objected the allegations and said that he won in a fairly.
When he came to power, he was the first Bolivian President of indigenous origin. Were it not for the Evo Morales 2019 resignation, he would have been in office for nearly 14 years. This makes him one of the longest-serving national leaders among other Latin American presidents.
Morales was elected as a socialist head of state, and he promised to concentrate attention on the needs of the least privileged groups of the population in Bolivia. Instead, he was accused of abusing the system in order to consolidate power.
Evo Morales took to his Twitter account to say that all the accusations of dictatorship against him came from those who could not accept defeat in the elections.
He also asserted that dignity, freedom, inclusion, and economic stability were among the positive achievements the country has made under his 13-year-long rule. After he promised to resign, the country witnessed a wave of celebrations.
Who will rule the country after Evo Morales resigns?
The next in line was Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera. He resigned several minutes after his boss. Adriana Salvatierra Arriazza, President of Senate, would have been the next to take up the duties. Her resignation followed on Sunday evening. Victor Borda, President of the Chamber of Deputies, also resigned.
The only person who remains is Jeanine Añez, the second vice president of Senate. She is willing to undertake the duties of the national leader. She is a representative of the opposition and her wish is for the country to hold fresh and transparent elections. The only question that is still not solved is the role of the military in the transition process.
Who is Evo Morales?
Born on October 26th, 1959, the leader of the country who just resigned used to herd llamas as a child. After finishing high school, he joined the Bolivian army. His family did farming in the eastern part of the country.
Evo’s political career started in the early 1980s after he became an active member of various unions of coca growers. Coca is a traditional crop in the area where the family lived. In 1997, he won a seat in the lower part of the country’s legislature, the House of Deputies. After a long struggle against the presence of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in the country, Morales was elected into power in 2006.
By 2015, the rise in economics started to decline. The national leader found himself in the heat of a corruption scandal. The growing dissatisfaction of the nation with Evo Morales and his actions caused the massive protests of the society.
Evo Morales, the former president of Bolivia, resigned from his position recently. The move came after massive protests against his leadership were held. He had been in power for close to 14 years. Currently, the nation has no sitting president, and several other high-profile leaders have tendered their resignation.