Brazil gov’t talks about Evo Morales’s resignation

The Foreign Ministry stressed the need for new elections in Bolivia

Published in 12/11/2019 - 17:17 By Agência Brasil - Brasília

While talking about the recent resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales and other Andean countries, Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Relations expressed concern over the irregularities detected by the Organization of American States (OAS) and stressed the need for new elections.

“Brazil believes that a new election must gather all the necessary conditions to ensure transparency and legitimacy. In this connection, a new vote must be conducted by authorities recognized for their honor and credibility to guarantee the sovereign interest of Bolivians, under international scrutiny throughout the process,” the note reads.

Hours before stepping down, the Bolivian leader had recognized the result of the audit which found irregularities in the October 20 elections. He ordered new elections to be carried out, with the Electoral Court formed by entirely new members.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted yesterday evening (Nov. 10) that the fraud allegations targeting the elections culminated in Morales’s decision. “The lesson we get from this, in the name of democracy and transparency, is the need for a vote count to be audited. Paper ballots are a sign of clarity for Brazil!” Bolsonaro wrote.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira -  Edition: Augusto Queiroz

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