Morales censures Trump for recognition of new Bolivian government

KONFRONTASI - Exiled ex-president of Bolivia Evo Morales has condemned US President Donald Trump for "recognizing the de facto government" of Jeanine Anez.

Morales wrote on his Twitter on Wednesday that the coup against him was "a political and economic conspiracy coming from the United States."

This comes after Bolivía's head of Senate Jeanine Anez proclaimed herself as the country's interim president on Tuesday in an effort to fill the power vacuum.

The power grab happened just after Morales, who transformed the Andean nation as its first indigenous president, left the country for Mexico with the aim of helping Bolivia recover from weeks of violent protests.

Meanwhile, clashes between indigenous supporters of Morales and security forces continued in La Paz on Wednesday.

Police fired teargas trying to disperse the crowds, who reciprocated by throwing rocks, bricks, and other projectiles. Dressed in colorful traditional attire, protesters had earlier flooded La Paz streets.

Tensions began in Bolivia after Morales won the country's October 20 presidential election. The opposition rejected the outcome and claimed that there had been fraud in the election process.

That sparked violent street protests, which left three people dead and hundreds more wounded, in what the Morales government called a coup.

As president, Morales helped lift millions out of poverty, increased social rights and presided over nearly 14 years of stability and high economic growth in South America’s poorest country.

Bolivia has been experiencing years of political and economic stability and growth under his rule. The economy has grown by an annual average of about 4.5 percent, well above the regional average, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts it will grow at four percent this year.[PTV]