Bolivian President Morales to resign after fierce election backlash

Bolivian President Evo Morales

Bolivian President Evo Morales has resigned amid growing opposition after an international audit found the results of last month’s election could not be validated due to “serious irregularities”

Morales said he was stepping down “for the good of the country,” which has been roiled by protests in the days following the October 20 election. Three people have died in the protests and hundreds have been injured.

“I regret this deeply,” Morales said, speaking on national television.

Morales will send his resignation letter to Congress in the next few hours, he said.

Demonstrators and the Bolivian opposition had accused electoral authorities of manipulating the vote count in favor of Morales, the country’s longtime socialist leader. Morales denied the allegations, but declared himself the winner.

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