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Bolivian President Evo Morales steps down

After his 14 years in power, Bolivian President Evo Morales has resigned.

This development came a month after his disputed re-election.

In a report by BBC, Morales announced his resignation on a televised address as he urges protesters to “stop attacking the brothers and sisters, stop burning and attacking”.

He said he was leaving to protect the families of political allies after their homes were burned down.

Auditors found irregularities in Morales’ win during the poll but he claimed that he was a victim of a coup.

It was the head of the army, General Williams Kaliman, who also said that they want Morales gone so they could restore “peace and stability and for the good of Bolivia”, says a separate report by Reuters.

With Morales gone, there’s now a power vacuum.

Vice-President Alvaro Garcia and Senate President Adriana Salvatiera also resigned.

Morales’ detractors think that his resignation is the “end of tyranny”.

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