Bolivian President Evo Morales resigns amid fraud poll protests

Bolivian, Evo Morales, resign

(BBC)Bolivian President Evo Morales has resigned amid turmoil following his disputed re-election last month.

On Sunday, international monitors called for the election result to be annulled, saying they had found “clear manipulations” of the 20 October poll.

Mr Morales agreed with the findings and announced his intention to call fresh elections – after overhauling the country’s election body.

But politicians – and the army and police chiefs – had urged him to quit.

In a televised address, Mr Morales said: “I resign my post as president.”

His Vice-President, Alvaro Garcia Linera, also resigned.

Protesters took to the streets to celebrate, chanting “yes we could” and setting off fire crackers.

How did we get here?

Bolivia has been rattled by weeks of anti-government protests, following reports of election fraud in the presidential election.