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Thu, 23 Jan 2020 05:09 GMT

Former Bolivian President Morales Calls for Armed Militias

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7Dnews London - AFP

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 22:06 GMT

Exiled former Bolivian President Evo Morales on Sunday, January 12th defended a call he made for the formation of armed militias in a recording leaked on Radio Kawsachum Coca (RKC) -- owned by the coca planters union to which he belongs—saying that that he had been the victim of "a coup," according to AFP.

The first indigenous leader of Bolivia, who is in exile in Argentina, confirmed his was the voice in a recording played on Bolivian radio, adding that he had not meant armed with guns and was referring to citizen defence groups that had always loosely existed, according to Reuters.

Morales said, “In sometimes (these groups) were called militias, in other times they were called union security or union police, and, in some places, it is called communal guard. It is not new.”

In the leaked recording by radio station RKC, Morales said he and his supporters had been "too trusting" ahead of last year´s presidential election and should have had a "Plan B."

The exiled ex-president said he intends to return to Bolivia when to campaign for the May 3rd, 2020 election start; however, he risks arrest as prosecutors have issued several warrants against him.

On November 10th, 2019, the former coca farmer, who led Bolivia for almost 14 years, resigned under pressure from opposition demonstrators who deemed his re-election to be fraudulent.

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