Greens to State Department: Respect Bolivia’s Self -Determination
The Green Party expresses outrage at Sunday’s coup against Bolivian President Evo Morales, and calls on the U.S. States to refrain from interfering in Bolivian elections. On Sunday, November 10, Morales resigned under duress due to protests orchestrated by a right-wing opposition and the Organization of American States. USAID had provided funding to opposition groups for over a decade until being expelled by Morales in 2013.
Green Party of the United States
For Immediate Release:
November 12, 2019
Michael O’Neil, Communications Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org | 202-804-2758
Holly Hart, Co-chair, Media Committee | email@example.com | 202-804-2758
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Bolivia’s electoral tribunal announced late Friday that Morales had won last week’s presidential election by a margin large enough to avoid a runoff. Opposition groups alleged election irregularities despite lack of evidence, and rejected Morales’ offer to replace the members of the electoral body and hold new elections.
Lorraine Liriano, on behalf of the Green Party Latinx Caucus, said: “As members of the Latinx community of the Green Party, we join the world community in denouncing the travesty of a coup aided by the United States government against the Bolivian People and their sovereignty.”
“Coming at a time when Americans are morally outraged about other countries interfering in our elections makes this all the more hypocritical,” added Hillary Kane, member of the Green Party of Pennsylvania and Treasurer of the Green Party of the U.S.
The Green Party platform states that “The U.S. must recognize the sovereignty of nation-states and their right of self-determination. ... The U.S. must prohibit all covert actions used to influence, de-stabilize or usurp the governments of other nations…”
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Bolivian Leader Evo Morales Steps Down
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“This Is a Military Coup”: Bolivian President Evo Morales Resigns After Army Calls for His Ouster
Transcript including interview with Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Democracy Now!, Nov. 11, 2019
Morales Averts Runoff in Bolivia, Officials Say, but Anger and Doubt Remain
Londono, Ernesto. The New York Times, Oct. 25, 2019
Bolivian President Evo Morales expels USAID
BBC News, May 1, 2013
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