December 19 2019
The indigenous leader of Bolivia, Evo Morales, said today that he is still president of the country because so far the Plurinational Legislative Assembly has not considered his resignation.
Morales, who is in Argentina as a political asylee, about the arrest warrant issued yesterday against him by the Bolivian Prosecutor’s Office said that in accordance with the Constitution of his country, the president has to make a liability trial and not an ordinary process
The order against me is unconstitutional, illegal and the procedures must be followed, said Evo, who was forced to resign from his position on November 10 under pressure from senior military and police officers.
Although the Bolivian parliament received the mandatory resignation letter from the president, in which he explained that with his decision he sought to avoid violence and a bloodbath in his country, so far the legislators have not spoken.
“My responsibility as indigenous president and of all Bolivians is to prevent the coup leaders from continuing to persecute my union leaders and brothers, mistreating and kidnapping their relatives,” says the text sent to the Senate.
He added that ‘I am legally still President. My resignation was not considered by the Legislative Assembly as provided in Article 161 Number 3 of the Constitution ‘.
He added that if it had been accepted, the procedures for a constitutional succession were not complied with, so Jeanine Áñez declared herself illegally.
At the conference this morning he pointed out that it is an external and internal political issue, an international coup.
“The de facto government raises transparent and free elections, but the political persecution has to end,” said the governor when referring to the new electoral process after the annulment of the elections of October 20 in which he won.
We are going to legally demonstrate that this order is neither constitutional nor legal and if the coup leaders want free elections, they must stop persecuting the former officials of my government and members and supporters of the Socialism Movement (MAS), he stressed.
In his opinion, the new elections in Bolivia to which the Supreme Electoral Tribunal must convene next January will be an election without democracy because the country is under a dictatorship.
He considered that with the persistent persecution, apprehension, allegations of alleged corruption of former members of his cabinet, the de facto government is making an internal campaign to eliminate the MAS.
However, Evo expressed confidence that the people will defend the project of change initiated in 2006 in Bolivia.
‘Here is homeland or death and how to work for the humblest. We are going to win this legal battle. ‘
She said she is very afraid and sad that after lifting Bolivia they destroy her, the new generations will judge how they are destroying her.