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Bolivia’s president resigns after losing backing of security forces

La Paz: Bolivian President Evo Morales has resigned after three weeks of sometimes violent protests over his disputed re-election, as his allies denounced an alleged coup.
“I resign my post as president,” the leftist Morales said on Sunday in a televised address, capping a day of fast-moving events in which many ministers and senior officials quit as support for Latin America’s longest-serving president crumbled and created a temporary leadership vacuum in the country.
The streets of La Paz exploded in celebration, with jubilant Bolivians waving the country’s flag, but violence and vandalism erupted overnight and in the neighbouring city of El Alto. (AFP)

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