Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Ousting of Evo Morales

Evo Morales, the Bolivian president, has resigned and flown to Mexico due to what he and his sympathisers claim is a coup against his recent re-election. Jeanine Anez from the Democratic Union party, has stated she will assume Interim Presidency. Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders have expressed condemnation of the removal of Morales. However, many foreign governments have signalled support for the ousters of Morales.

The Socialist Party says a plague on both houses. But the SOYMB blog can appreciate that Morales, rather than risk what could be a very nasty civil war which so easily could arise (and still could), chose to peacefully resign and leave the country.

Over the years, Morales virtues has been challenged. He has not been the vehemently anti-imperialist leader and anti-corporate pro-environmentalist many have made out. As a country’s national leader he has had to sup with the Devil. His ideals have been compromised and he has made numerous concessions to Bolivia’s business and foreign investors. His commitment to protecting the environment has not matched his rhetoric.

The Socialist Standard has carried a number of articles on the politics of Morales:



This blog has also frequently posted on Morales and Bolivia.



(Some commentators prone to simplistic conspiracy theories suggest that the reversal of this proposed agreement may have been the spark for the coup)





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