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Bolivia President Evo Morales announces resignation

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Monday, 11 November, 2019, 10:30
Bolivia President Evo Morales announces resignation

Following an election backlash, Bolivian President Evo Morales announced on Sunday he had submitted his letter of resignation to parliament after the military, police and opposition suggested he step down.

The commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Williams Kaliman, and police chief Vladimir Calderon Mariscal both appeared on camera to call on Morales to resign in order to foster peace earlier on Sunday.

"Our great desire is for societal peace for return," said Morales in his televised remarks. Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera also announced his resignation.

"I ask you to stop attacking the brothers and sisters, stop burning and attacking," Morales told the Bolivian people.

The 60-year-old also aimed criticism at what he called the "civic coup" which led to his resignation. Morales ally and Senate President Adriana Salvaterria later said she too would step down shortly after the president.

Morales later tweeted that a police officer had told him they were in possession of an "illegal" warrant for his arrest and that his home had been attacked by violent groups.