TEHRAN, Nov 6_Bolivian President Evo Morales has thanked his supporters for having thwarted a “coup d’état” against his government, as protests against his re-election enter the third week, with demonstrators calling for his resignation.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_Both the supporters and opponents of President Morales took to the streets in rival rallies in the capital, La Paz, on Tuesday.
Thousands of government supporters marched through the streets to a stage near the new presidential residence from where Morales addressed the crowd.
Morales won the election on October 20 with a lead of just over 10 points over the opposition candidate, Carlos Mesa. His opponents rejected the election results, accusing him of fraud and engaging in violent protests.
On Tuesday, Morales said his opponents were seeking to stage a coup after having lost the election.
“Now they are trying to come together and to regain the political power. And when they can’t win the elections, they fabricate the term fraud. Now we realize it is not a fraud, but a coup d'état. And that’s what we’re dealing with,” he said.
“For that reason,” Morales told the crowd, “I greet you in the name of the vice-president who accompanies us, all of us, in this will, in this spontaneity to confront and reject the coup d'état of the racists who are trying to regain political power.”
The Bolivian president said that if the opposition was “sure that this was a case of fraud, then I would be happy to take all the evidence to those international organizations. Since they don’t have any proof, now they [go] from the fraud to a coup.”
The Organization of American States (OAS) is doing a count audit, expected to be completed before the middle of the month. It has previously recommended a second-round vote.