Bolivia’s Morales to name recent election after OAS audit

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President Evo Morales denies accusations of wrongdoing after weeks of protests


Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has stated he’ll name a brand new election after worldwide screens questioned the validity of his victory final month.

The Group of American States (OAS), which monitored the elections, known as for the end result to be annulled.


Mr Morales’ announcement comes after weeks of anti-government protests over reported irregularities and fraud.

The president, who was first elected in 2006, has denied any wrongdoing and ignored calls to resign.

In his announcement on Sunday, he additionally stated the nation’s electoral physique could be overhauled earlier than the ballot, with parliament selecting its members.

Why protesters are on the streets worldwide

Mr Morales, who’s Bolivia’s first indigenous president, informed reporters that he made the choice “to cut back all rigidity”.

“All of us have an obligation to pacify Bolivia,” he stated.

Members of the brand new electoral board could be chosen by the nation’s parliament, he added.

What did the OAS say?

In its preliminary report on Saturday, the OAS stated it had discovered “clear manipulations” of Bolivia’s voting system and it couldn’t confirm the results of the 20 October race.

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Protesters marched in La Paz on Saturday with an indication studying: “Resistance in opposition to the dictatorship”

Throughout the audit, it stated it discovered bodily information with alterations and solid signatures, and proof of wide-scale knowledge manipulation.

The worldwide physique concluded it was unlikely that Mr Morales had gained by the 10% margin required for a victory within the first spherical.

Why has there been opposition to the election end result?

Bolivia has been rattled by protests, strikes and street blocks because the evening of the election.

No less than three folks have died throughout clashes. The mayor of a small city was additionally attacked by protesters earlier this week, who dragged her via the streets barefoot, coated her in purple paint and forcibly lower her hair.

Tensions first flared after the outcomes depend was inexplicably paused for 24 hours.

The ultimate end result gave Mr Morales barely greater than the 10% lead he wanted to win outright, giving him a fourth consecutive time period.

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Media captionWatch how police took half in Bolivia’s anti-government protests

Carlos Mesa, the election’s runner up, requested Bolivia’s congress on Friday to move an emergency invoice to arrange for brand new elections.

In an escalation of protests on Saturday, opposition supporters overran two state-run media shops in La Paz and compelled them off air.

On the identical day quite a lot of uniformed cops additionally joined crowds of demonstrators in a number of main cities.

Mr Morales condemned the seizure of the TV and radio stations, however Bolivia’s defence minister stated there have been no plans to deploy the army to quell the police “mutiny”.

Bolivia’s armed forces have additionally known as for the disaster to be solved by democratic means.