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Bolivia's Morales Slams OAS Head for Complicity With Corruption

  • Bolivian President Evo Morales.

    Bolivian President Evo Morales. | Photo: EFE

Published 2 November 2016
Opinion

“The secretary-general defends the policies of the empire and not the people's,” said the president on his Twitter account.

Bolivian President Evo Morales accused the Organization of American States Wednesday of becoming a haven for corrupt Bolivian state officials that made fortune thanks to privatizations of national resources implemented when in power.

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“The secretary-general defends the policies of the empire and not the people's,” said the president on his Twitter account.

The message came after Bolivia's opposition leader Samuel Doria Medina, from the right-wing National Unity party, met with OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro and accused Morales' government of political persecution.

Medina is accused of diverting US$21 million from the public treasury, an allegation he vehemently denies and says is politically motivated.

“The OAS General Secretariat, led by Almagro, became an accomplice of those who privatized and a haven of traitors," the President added.

Morales also condemned Almagro for systematically and crudely attacking Venezuela, regardless of the OAS statutes that demand he maintains total neutrality.

“We do not need an overseer of the empire to control our people. If the OAS neither responds nor respects the sovereignty of its member states, it is better that it no longer exists,” stated Morales.

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