Was Bolivian President Evo Morales ousted in a coup?

Bolivia has been a site of political upheaval since Evo Morales, president of the country for 13 consecutive years, declared his victory in the October 20th election. The streets have been filled with both violent and peaceful protestors. Some argue against the legitimacy of the vote. Others defend the re-election of the left-wing, indigenous leader. On November 10th, Morales resigned and sought political asylum in Mexico.

Evo Morales was ousted in a coup d'état

After his electoral victory in October 20th 2019, Evo Morales faced an orchestrated campaign against his rule, led by his opposition, Bolivia's economic elites and the international community. The campaign concluded with his forced resignation on November 11th.

The military "suggested" Morales leave the country

The commander of Bolivia's armed forces, General Williams Kaliman, said the military chiefs believed Morales should step down.

The opposition had an interest in returning to conservative policies

The election was not fair

There is evidence, backed by prominent actors of the international community, that the national election was not conducted safely. On top of this, Evo Morales should not have run for re-election a fourth term.

The election on October 20th was rigged

Evo Morales' candidacy was unconstitutional

Regime change is legitimate

It doesn't matter whether Morales was ousted legally or not, regime change is legitimate in Bolivia.

Bolivians were asking for government change

Bolivians in all socioeconomic classes were frustrated with Morales and ready for a new leadership.
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