Bolivian Lawmakers Ask for US Intervention in a Letter to Trump

(TELESUR) – A group of 10 deputies, two senators and three representatives of political and non-government organizations sent a letter to United States President Donald Trump asking to “intercede” in their country’s affairs, resulting in heavy criticism from Bolivian President Evo Morales.

The document dated April 1, but published on Friday, addressed Trump “as senators and legislators of the Bolivian parliament and citizen platforms to ask you very respectfully to intercede in Latin America and prevent Evo Morales from running again for the Presidency of Bolivia.”

On the same day, April 12, the U.S. Senate, coincidently, unanimously approved a bipartisan resolution expressing “concern” over President Morales bid to a fourth term to the presidency, which Bolivia’s Superior Electoral Court (TSE) allowed in January 2019. Thus legally permitting Morales to run as a candidate in the country’s primary elections to be held on October 20 with current vice president Alvaro Garcia Linera.

However, the country’s right-wing opposition are fervently trying to disclaim the ruling, as current President Morales is leading the polls. In their latest attempt, the 15 signatory parliamentarians have gone as far as to openly ask a foreign government to meddle in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation, violating the Bolivian Constitution.