teleSUR brings you live updates of the unfolding right-wing attempted coup against the Bolivian government of President Evo Morales
Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to resign Sunday after senior army and police chiefs called on him to do so following weeks of right-wing unrest and violence against his Oct. 20 elections victory, in what his government has called a coup by opposition forces in the country.
teleSUR brings you live updates of the unfolding right-wing coup against the Bolivian government of President Morales.
Updates are in local time in Bolivia
Update 8:30 pm
Opposition Lawmaker Jeanine Añez from the Democratic Union party has stated she will assume Bolivia’s Interim Presidency. Añez assured she will call for new elections on Monday.
As the second deputy senate majority leader, the Senator is the first official in line for succession after Vice President, Senate Majority Leader and First Deputy Majority Leader resigned following Evo Morales’ decision on Sunday afternoon.
Update 8:00 pm
#Bolivia | Mexico's Minister of Foreign Affairs @m_ebrard confirms that they have received 20 officials from the Bolivian executive and legislature in the Mexican diplomatic residence in La Paz, while also offering asylum to Evo Morales if needed. https://t.co/OW53QexmKo— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) November 10, 2019
Update 6:30 pm
Supreme Electoral Tribunal President María Eugenia Choque Quispe was arrested on Nov. 10 after the resignation of President Evo Morales. teleSUR's correspondent on the ground Freddy Morales has reported that the Attorney General's office has issued arrest warrants for all leaders of the electoral tribunal and members of the body.
Argentinian President-elect Alberto Fernandez says "institutional breakdown in Bolivia is unacceptable."
Former President of the National Assembly and current Minister of Health Gabriela Montaño denounces that police are “illegally intending to arrest Evo Morales. We denounce this madness to the world.”
Update 6:00 pm
#Bolivia | World leaders and organizations expressed Sunday their solidarity with former Bolivian President Evo Morales under the hashtag #ElMundoconEvo (the World with Evo) and strongly condemned the right-wing coup which forced Morales to resign.
#Bolivia | World leaders and organizations expressed Sunday their solidarity with former Bolivian President Evo Morales under the hashtag #ElMundoconEvo (the World with Evo) and strongly condemned the right-wing coup which forced Morales to resign. https://t.co/mBEddCQh54— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) November 10, 2019
Update 5:30 pm
Former President of the National Assembly and current Minister of Health Gabriela Montaño denounces that right-wing opposition forces have ransacked Evo Morales home.
Update 5:00 p.m.
President Evo Morales and Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera have resigned amid a right-wing coup backed by the army.
Soon after the president of the Senate also quit thus breaking the Constitutional line of succession. As the country plunges into further chaos, international solidarity continues to be shared for Morales and his government.
Update 4:50 p.m.
Bolivia | #EvoMorales left El Alto for the city of Chimore in order to meet with what his cabinet after the resignation of several of his ministers and suggestions by Armed Forces chief and head of Air Force that he resign.— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) November 10, 2019
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Update 4:20 p.m.
The head of Bolivia's Air Force has also suggested that President Evo Morales resign in order to restore peace.
Update 3:55 p.m.
The head of the Bolivian Armed Forced has advised President Evo Morales to resign in order to restore peace to the country.
Update 2:15 p.m.
The Bolivian attorney general's office issued a statement Sunday afternoon instructing “the immediate start of all the corresponding legal actions for the prosecution of all members the electoral authority TSE and other authors and participants in these alleged irregular acts” that were concluded in the OAS report issued earlier Sunday.
#BTVInforma | @FGE_Bolivia instruye “el inicio inmediato de todas las acciones legales correspondientes para el procesamiento y juzgamiento de los vocales miembros del @TSEBolivia y demás autores y partícipes de estos presuntos hechos irregulares”. pic.twitter.com/2nP3D1DPOX— Bolivia tv (@Canal_BoliviaTV) November 10, 2019
Update 2:20 p.m.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador celebrated Sunday the decision of President Evo Morales to call new elections in Bolivia, calling it "a triumph of democracy."
"There are always attitudes, there are authoritarian eagerness to want to resolve things with confrontation, with violence, and the best method to resolve differences is the democratic one, whatever the people decide."
Update 1:40 p.m.
Multiple senior government officials have been forced to resign following attacks on their homes and places of residence by right-wing protesters, according to local media reports.
Reports say that up to 17 forced resignations from the ruling party MAS have taken place so far, including four ministers. It also includes governors, mayors, and lawmakers. many of those who resigned have issued statements through their social media accounts or to the press indicating that their resignations came after threats were made against them and their families and they held the opposition figures leading the unrest responsible if something were to happen to them or to their families.
Update 12:05 p.m.
President Evo Morales speaks to teleSUR in an exclusive interview, explaining his decision to call for new elections while calling on the opposition respect the measures his government has taken and to respect his mandate which lasts until January next year.
Watch the full interview here:
Update 11:00 am
Former presidential candidate Carlos Mesa and right-wing opposition figure Luis Camacho say that President Evo Morales must resign and that he and his Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera should not stand for the new elections. The two opposition leaders have been denounced by the government and its supporters as inciters of the violence around the country.
Update 7:00 a.m.
Bolivian President Evo Morales said Sunday that he was calling new presidential elections after a night of major unrest and violence across the country led by the right-wing opposition.
"After listening to the COB, the Unity Pact and different sectors from the countryside and the cities, we have decided to ask the Legislative Assembly, within the constitutional principle of coordination, to renew the entire TSE in order to call new national elections." https://t.co/nOFRt5qOnp— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) November 10, 2019
Update 1:00 a.m.
Regional leaders and progressive organizations have issued statements and messages of support and solidarity to the government of Evo Morales amid right-wing unrest threatening the country's peace and democracy.
My full support to the president @evoespueblo in the face of this attempt to interrupt the constitutional order.— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) November 10, 2019
The region together with the international community, we must follow this situation closely and act in case of any event that implies an institutional breakdown. https://t.co/xqc6G1XloI
The @ALBATCP countries express their support for the Bolivian government and institutions, denounce the attempted coup d'état in progress, call for the return of peace and reaffirm their solidarity with President @evoespueblo. #ElMundoConEvo https://t.co/0Egg2wqcx7— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) November 10, 2019
A coup d'etat is underway against the legitimate President of Bolivia,@evoespueblo. The opposition right-wing refuses to recognize their defeat at the polls and resorts to violence and force against the constitutional order. We strongly denounce this coup attempt! #ElMundoConEvo https://t.co/7iZmYLwtZY— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) November 10, 2019
Update 12:06 a.m.
The Movement to Socialism Party (MAS) and the senate chamber repudiated the violent acts carried out by vandal groups in the country. They also called the members of the opposition to the dialogue, noting that this dialogue would have the participation of the international community and religious entities.
For his part, President Evo Morales reaffirmed that request and called again the peace and unity of the Bolivian people.
Update 11:39 p.m.
President Evo Morales denounced violent attacks by opposition groups, who burned the house of the governors in the cities of Chuquisaca and Oruro, as well as his sister’s house.
We denounce and condemn before the international community and the Bolivian people that the fascist coup plan carries out violent acts with irregular groups that set fire to the house of the governors of Chuquisaca, Oruro and of my sister. Let's preserve peace and democracy. https://t.co/jVG4VWl1Jb— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) November 10, 2019
Update 10:15 p.m.
Supporters of Evo Morales in the city of El Alto are taking to the streets amid right-wing violence.
Bolivia's opposition burn down the home of Governor of Oruro, Victor Hugo Vasquez. The 'democracy' which the opposition seeks is one without a shred of tolerance for people with opposing views. Reports suggest there may have been people inside the home. pic.twitter.com/baUPuBfeap— Camila (@camilateleSUR) November 10, 2019
Update 9:00 p.m.
Bolivian supporters of President Evo Morales are taking to the streets to protect the country's elected government and demand peace.
Update 7:02 p.m.
Public BoliviaTV has shut down all operations amid threats by right-wing protesters of taking over it. The channel's HQ is under siege.
Update 6:40 p.m.
President Morales is calling for talks among four political forces and said they may be accompanied by representatives of international organizations and churches.