Serhat TUNAR -TDO- Bolivian President Evo Morales announced that he was quitting his presidency, which he held for nearly 14 years, at the request of the military, in order to restore peace in the country.
In a statement demanding Morales ' resignation, Bolivian Chief of staff Williams Kaliman stated that he had recommended his resignation to President Evo Morales for the sake of Bolivia and for the protection of stability, on the grounds that he had allowed the violence to stop in order to ensure the safety of the people and to secure the right to life in the face.
Morales had agreed to renew the presidential election at the urging of the Organization of American States (OAS). The opposition, however, did not find the president's decision sufficient, and demanded that Morales leave his post and withdraw his candidacy from the renewed election.
In Bolivia, people have been on the streets for days, alleging fraud and irregularities in the October 20th elections, in which Morales won the primary.
After the OAS issued a report exposing serious irregularities in the elections, Morales decided to renew the elections on Sunday (yesterday).
Morales did not give a clear answer to the question of whether he would run in the renewed election.