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Bolivia: Presidential Resignation and Aftermath [Updated November 14, 2019]   [open pdf - 659KB]

From the Document: "On November 10, 2019, Bolivian President Evo Morales of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party resigned and subsequently received asylum in Mexico. Bolivia's military had recommended that Morales step down to prevent an escalation of violence after weeks of protests alleging fraud in the October 20, 2019, presidential election. While Morales has described his ouster as a 'coup,' the opposition has described it as a 'popular uprising' against an authoritarian leader. [...] The U.S. Department of State supported the findings of an Organization of American States (OAS) audit that found enough irregularities in the October elections to recommend a new election. President Trump praised Morales's resignation. State Department officials have called for all parties to refrain from violence and issued a travel warning for Bolivia. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo applauded Añez for stepping up as interim president. Congressional concern about Bolivia has increased. S.Res. 35, approved in April 2019, expresses concern over Morales's efforts to circumvent term limits in Bolivia."

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CRS Insight, IN11198
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2019-11-14
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