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Was It a Coup? Bolivia's Opposition Says No

Evo Morales announced his resignation on Bolivian government TV on Sunday. Evo Morales announced his resignation on Bolivian government TV on Sunday. |  Photo: Bolivian government TV via Reuters/ABC

from Associated Press reports
Created: November 11, 2019 10:59 AM

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - Bolivian opposition leader Carlos Mesa says former President Evo Morales was brought down by a popular uprising, not the military.

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Mesa's comments on Monday were part of a growing dispute over whether Morales' resignation on Sunday, after nearly 14 years in power, was the result of a military coup.

Morales on Monday tweeted that Mesa and Luis Fernando Camacho had instigated a coup against him. Opponents "lie and try to blame us for the chaos and violence that they provoked," Morales said.

But Mesa says there was no coup and that the military had made a decision not to deploy in the streets because "they didn't want to take lives."

Bolivia's military chief had said on national television that Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, should resign so that order could be restored following a disputed election. Morales did so soon afterward.

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