THE African National Congress says ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales’ sin in the eyes of the imperialist forces is that he was a champion of the poor and servant of the working class.
In a statement dated November 12 condemning the military coup in Bolivia, the ANC stated that it was inspired by Morales, the first indigenous Bolivian to become President.
“The African National Congress (ANC) condemns the military and rightwing-inspired coup disguised as mass demonstrations in Bolivia,” it stated. “These tragic developments are a clear and blatant subversion of the democratic will of the people of Bolivia. It is an attack on the sovereignty and self-determination of the Bolivian people. The ANC rejects this coup d’etat which is disguised as mass demonstration.”
It noted that Morales resisted imperialist aggression and fought monopoly capital with every means at his disposal.
ANC stated that the economy of Bolivia saw unprecedented growth under Morales’ leadership and that his pro-poor policies benefited the majority of citizens.
“Comrade Morales seized unproductive land from absentee owners and distributed it among the dispossessed. He nationalised oil and gas resources in the interest of economic justice for the people of Bolivia,” it recalled.
“The ANC and the entire global progressive community cannot remain silent while democratically-elected leaders of the world are being replaced by puppets of imperialism. The ANC reiterates its view that interference by any external party in the affairs of a nation with the sole purpose of instigating regime change through unconstitutional means is not only unacceptable, but plants seeds of a dangerous world order.”
The ANC called upon the international community to reject the unconstitutional regime change.
“The people of Bolivia must be given space to determine their own destiny and to freely choose their own government through democratic processes,” urged the ANC. “The ANC and its Alliance partners stand ready to work with the people of Bolivia to find a permanent solution to the current crisis.”
Morales announced his resignation on Sunday following increasing violence by opposition groups challenging the results of elections held on October 20.
It’s reported that the army had withdrawn its support and advised Morales to resign.
“I decided to resign from office so that Carlos Mesa and Luis Camacho would cease abusing and harming thousands of brothers … I have the obligation to seek peace and Bolivians fighting amongst ourselves hurts a great deal, for this reason I am submitting my letter of resignation to the Plurinational Assembly of Bolivia,” he said. “This is not a betrayal of social movements; the struggle continues; we are the people. We have liberated Bolivia, we are leaving a liberated homeland, developing, with generations that very much have a future.”
Shortly after the announcement, Vice-President Alvaro García Linera also submitted his resignation. The next person in line to take over the government, the president of the Senate, Adriana Salvatierra, resigned soon afterwards.
Opposition senator Jeanine Áñez has since declared herself interim president, saying she was next in line under the Constitution and vowed to hold elections soon.
Lawmakers from Morales’ leftist Movement for Socialism party boycotted the session, which approved Áñez’s assumption of power.
Bolivia’s Constitutional Court endorsed her appointment.
But, according to the BBC, Morales branded Áñez “a coup-mongering right-wing senator”.
After arriving in Mexico City on Tuesday, he thanked Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whom he credited with saving his life.
“While I have life I’ll stay in politics, the fight continues. All the people of the world have the right to free themselves from discrimination and humiliation,” said Morales.