Bolivia’s chief resigns after election backlash

President Evo Morales addresses the media in El Alto, Bolivia on Nov. 10. REUTERS/CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS
President Evo Morales addresses the media in El Alto, Bolivia on Nov. 10. REUTERS/CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS

LA PAZ – Bolivian President Evo Morales said he was resigning to ease violence that has gripped the South American nation since a disputed election.

“I am resigning, sending my letter of resignation to the Legislative Assembly,” Morales, who was in power for nearly 14 years, said on Sunday. 

Vice President Álvaro García Linera also resigned.

Earlier on Sunday, Morales agreed to hold new elections after a report from the Organization of American States (OAS), which conducted an audit of the Oct. 20 vote, revealed serious irregularities.

The OAS report said that election should be annulled after it had found “clear manipulations” of the voting system that called into question Morales’ win, with a lead of just over 10 points over main rival Carlos Mesa.(Reuters) 

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