Following the suggestion given to him by the commander of the Armed Forces on the day of 10 November, the president of Bolivia Evo Morales resigned in an attempt to appease the protests that have been inflaming the South American country for weeks . Morales, winner for the fourth consecutive time since the last election of 20 October , took off with a plane from the capital La Paz to head to Argentina , in what could be called a full-fledged escape.
Protests in Bolivia, Evo Morales resigns
Morales' abandonment of the country comes after the president-elect had sought a confrontation with the oppositions , also invoking the help of international organizations (such as the Organization of American States) as well as of the Catholic Church in the person of Pope Francis . The pontiff himself mentioned the Bolivian situation during the last Angelus in St. Peter's Square, calling for a peaceful resolution of the electoral results review process
Furthermore, following the mutiny – started on Friday 8th by the city of Cochabamba – of several hundred policemen in numerous regions of the country, Morales he had openly spoken of a coup , pointing the finger at the political intimidation suffered by his collaborators and his family: “The fascist coup plan carries out violent acts with irregular groups that have set fire to the house of the governors of Chuquisaca and Oruro and that of my sister in the latter city” .
The dialogue with the oppositions
The situation has appeared without a way out after the withdrawal of the officials of the Uttum (tactical unit of police operations) from Piazza Murillo to La Paz, where the presidential palace is located, in an almost explicit support to the protesters . The Interior Minister Carlos Romero , now without the total control of the police, he was forced to exonerate the police chief departmental Raul Grandy trying to find a possible solution through dialogue between the parties.
In this context, Morales also extended his hand to the opposition, announcing new elections in the short term , but be his main challenger Carlos Mesa than the governor of the state of Santa Cruz Ruben Costas rejected the offer. Seen now in a tight spot and fearing for his own safety, Morales could not help but take refuge in a country recently returned to be a friend: that Argentina where last 27 October the leftist Peronist of Alberto Fernandez won against the right of the outgoing president Mauricio Macrì . In a post published on social media in the evening, the same Argentinian president explicitly spoke of a coup in Bolivia.