Evo Morales has stepped down as Bolivia‘s president after the military encouraged him to leave the post to ensure stability following weeks of protests against his disputed reelection.
In a televised address on Sunday, Latin America’s longest-serving leader, said he was resigning for the “good of the country.”
“I want to tell you brothers and sisters that the fight does not end here,” Morales said from his stronghold in the Chapare region in central Bolivia.
“We will continue this fight for equality, for peace,” the 60-year-old added, who has said he is the victim of a “coup”.
Following his statement, Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera also said he was resigning.
The announcements prompted celebrations but there were also reports of violent unrest erupting in