Americas, Bolivia protests

Turkey, worried about the tense situation in Bolivia

The Turkish government has expressed concern about the forced resignation of Evo Morales by the army, and advocates respect for democracy and the need of new elections in Bolivia.

Turkey on Monday expressed concern about the tense political situation in Bolivia after the resignation of the president of the Latin American country, Evo Morales, who on Sunday announced his resignation under pressure from the army after weeks of violent protests against his controversial re-election last month .

“Turkey attaches great importance to the principle that governments come to power through democratic processes,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “In this context, Turkey is deeply concerned about the events in Bolivia that have led to the resignation of President Evo Morales,” the official text added.

The Turkish government also stressed its hope that the tension in the Andean country will be relieved, that life will return to normal and that democracy prevails in Bolivia, respecting the decision of the Bolivian people, advocating to restore peace, tranquillity and stability through new elections.

Morales, elected in 2006 as the first indigenous president of Bolivia, announced on Monday his resignation after three weeks of demonstrations against him soon after the presidential elections held on October 20th, where he was candidate for 4th time among numerous accusations of fraud, according to the complaints of the opposition and international observers.

Spain joins the criticism for the intervention of the army

The former Bolivian president, whose house was raided and ransacked, said however that he was the victim of a coup d’etat, and in the last hour he pointed to Mexico as a country in which he could go into exile. His forced resignation nevertheless leaves Bolivia in turmoil, since all his possible successors have also resigned from their positions.

For his part, the acting foreign minister of Spain, Josep Borrell, also expressed the concernn of the Madrid government, saying that his country is concerned about the power vacuum in Bolivia after Morales’s resignation.

“We are worried because we do not know who will take on this process, and because it was the intervention of the army demanding the president (Evo Morales) to resign, which has created this power vacuum,” the Spanish minister told reporters on Monday.

Borrell, who will assume his position next December as the new head of the European Union diplomacy, asked also to hold new elections in Bolivia as soon as possible, as well as guarantee the security of all Bolivians, including Evo Morales himself and his relatives.