Bolivian President Evo Morales Calls For New Elections Amid Protests
Added 11-10-19 01:06:03pm EST - “The announcement comes after an audit found "clear manipulation" of a computer system, which affected the final count of October's vote. Unrest prompted by fraud allegations has led to three deaths.” - Npr.org
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Bolivian police officers greet demonstrators from the roof of a police station in La Paz, Bolivia, on Saturday. Marcelo Perez Del Carpio/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption
Bolivian police officers greet demonstrators from the roof of a police station in La Paz, Bolivia, on Saturday.
Amid widespread protests, Bolivian President Evo Morales is calling for new elections, just three weeks after he declared victory in the country's last presidential election.
"By calling for new national elections, we guarantee that the people will freely, democratically and peacefully, through voting, elect their new authorities," Morales tweeted, pleading in another tweet for protestors to "ease the tension."
Morales called for new elections early Sunday, after the Organization of American States released a preliminary audit indicating "serious security flaws" and a "clear manipulation" of a computer system, which the audit says ultimately affected the final count.
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