Evo Morales leaves Bolivia with a Mexican flag in hand

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Evo Morales leaves Bolivia with a Mexican flag in hand

Nicholas Millard, National and World News

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Evo Morales, the former president of Bolivia, resigned after street protests peaked. His leave marked the resignation of other top officials leaving the remaining chain of command in shambles. Currently, the country stands in a power vacuum with uncertainty at every corner.

The protest started on October 20, 2019, with the general election held to decide the position of president and many other political leaders in Bolivia ending. The two front runners where Morales, who had been re-running for the presidential office, and Carlos Mesa who had also previously held the title as president but had not held it in over fourteen years. The polls were being kept track of and it was clear to see that Mesa held the lead. Oddly, the reporting fell dead and when it returned a day later,  the tide complete shifted. Mesa was losing and Morales was gaining votes faster and faster. By the end, Morales got 47.08% while Mesa got 36.51%. Mesa and his followers claimed that there was evident tampering with the votes, but Morales stuck to his guns, claiming it to be a fair election. Many stood with him, even with his recent scandal of forcibly changing election laws to allow him to run as many times as he wants. The two groups clashed as they protested, some ending in violence.

The OAS (Organization of American States) offered to investigate the election to find any foul play. Morales agreed to this and claimed that if there was any foul play that the country would have a new election. On November 9th, OAS released a preliminary report claim that there was “clear manipulation.” So, as promised, he claimed that they were going to hold a fresh election but with the country’s military chief also joining in for his resignation. With protests heating up, Morales resigned from his position, claiming this all was a “civic coup.” Other nations such as Britain and Mexico agreed. Morales, after the ransacking of his family’s house, turned to Mexico and took asylum in the country. For some, all this was supremely shocking, as up till the election, Morales was liked and had a high approval rating for the quality of life in the country significantly. 

With Morales gone, it’s unknown what will happen to the country. Other leaders also fled the country like the Vice President, leaving the chain of succession in shambles. Senator Jeanine Añez has claimed that she would take up the mantle of a transition leader with congress’s consent. Morales has claimed that he would return but it’s unknown if that means that he will be trying to re-run in a future election.