President Donald Trump has lauded the resignation of Bolivia’s leftist President Evo Morales, referring to it as a victory for democracy over a tyrant regime in the South American country, a statement on the White House website read.
According to the statement, the Bolivian president’s resignation on Sunday, November 10th signals the triumph of democratic calls in the Western Hemisphere.
“The United States applauds the Bolivian people for demanding freedom and the Bolivian military for abiding by its oath to protect not just a single person, but Bolivia’s constitution,” Trump said.
“These events send a strong signal to the illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail,” he added.
According to Trump, Morales’s departure, which came following his recent attempt to bypass the constitution and the people’s will, “preserves democracy and paves the way for the Bolivian people to have their voices heard.”
In a statement by a senior State Department official, the US urged the people in Bolivia to refrain from violence, as it acknowledges their right to choose Morales’s successor, highlighting that it favours no specific candidate.
Morales, who stepped down after a call from the army, came to power in 2006 and was considered the only survivor following the so-called pink tide of leftist leaders that reshaped the continent’s politics during the 2000s.
Regardless of his evident contribution to the country’s strong economic growth, rising incomes, and falling poverty, his democratic credentials were falling under suspicion and scrutiny after he deliberately disregarded the results of a 2016 referendum on presidential term limits, according to Bloomberg.