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Evo Morales Approves Expulsion of US Agency from Bolivia

Posted by seumasach on June 28, 2008

The empire is pulling out all the stops in trying to turn back the tide of nations and peoples reclaiming their democracy and sovereignty. We must make sure that they fail.

HAVANA, Cuba, Jun 27 (acn) Bolivian President Evo Morales gave his support Thursday to a call by coca leaf growers of the province of Chapare, Cochabamba to expel the US Agency for International Development (USAID), reports Granma

Morales said Bolivia would not “kneel to the US Empire” and added “I welcome the decision of the small farmers movement and of the mayors of [the central department of] Cochabamba. Now, I feel and hope that the Chapare will not only be illiteracy free but also a territory free of US imperialism,” said Morales as reported EFE.

At a meeting with the rural population in Alcantari where he delivered ambulances donated by Spain, Evo once again denounced USAID and the US embassy in Bolivia for their actions aimed at destabilizing his government.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Walker San Miguel rejected the decision of the top authorities of the Departments of Santa Cruz, Beni, Pando, Tarija and Cochabamba who say they will not hold the nationwide August 10 recall referendum in their departments to determine whether they and President Morales should remain in office. Instead they are calling for early general elections.

According to Prensa Latina, the Defense official said that behind the desperation of these governors lie veiled intentions for a coup. “Proposing early general elections would be tantamount to a coup, an attack on democracy,” San Miguel told reporters.

Meanwhile, Ecuador said Thursday that it backs the Bolivian government and President Evo Morales in the face of destabilization efforts in the Andean nation, reported Prensa Latina.

 

One Response to “Evo Morales Approves Expulsion of US Agency from Bolivia”

  1. DV said

    I think its more that the opposition is feeling a win coming and they want to get the vote in quickly. They want a move to early elections for everyone. After the win over the weekend in Sucre for Prefect of the opposition canidate and first woman elected to government office in bolivia, President Morales only has friends in 2 departments of the 9.

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