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Jhhnn

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Read that thread and about a dozen articles on the Bolivian election. I still can't make up my mind if there was electoral fraud there or not. Morales was well ahead in pre-election polling. However, the OAS issued a detailed report saying there was manipulation of computer data and numerous other irregularities. Not sure about OAS - read its history and they seem to be currently non=partisan - but don't know if there is a bias at work there or not. My best guess is that there was some fraud but Morales would have won without it. But even that I'm not entirely certain of.

In case anyone hadn't noticed, whether we call this a "coup" or not is semantics. The critical issue is whether there was electoral fraud because the actions of the military can only be evaluated in light of that.
Except Morales had already agreed to new elections. Why overthrow the govt if you already have what you say you want? It doesn't pass the sniff test. It remains to be seen if the new leadership will even hold elections.
 

thilanliyan

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Shoot. I really hope isn't a coup...another psychopath right wing dictator is all South America needs right? :(

It's funny that the dictator talks about "faith" and how Morales imposed secularism...is she forgetting that it was the Spanish that imposed her "faith" on the indigenous in South America? Sigh...
 
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Jhhnn

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Unless and until the authorities (military/police/senate) announce new elections, the coup is a coup. I think their Senate leader just declared herself President (according to laws of succession) despite not having the quorum present to approve it. Would probably be in the best interest of the country to announce elections within 90 days.
Well, yeh, but they need to lock up the opposition before the election, obviously-

As indigenous-led protests against the military coup that ousted Evo Morales continued in the streets of Bolivia over the weekend in the face of violent repression by police forces, the government of self-declared Interim President Jeanine Añez on Sunday announced the creation of a "special apparatus" to arrest elected lawmakers from the majority Movement for Socialism party.

The Bolivian newspaper Los Tiempos reported that government minister Arturo Murillo announced plans Sunday to publish a "list" of leftist lawmakers he said are guilty of "subversion." Last week, Murillo vowed to "go hunting" for Morales' former top minister Juan Ramón Quintana, who has been forced into hiding.

The police & the military were like totally helpless to stop right wing mobs from burning things but they know just how to deal with the opposition. They suddenly remembered that they have the guns. But it's not a right wing coup. Couldn't be.
 
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maddie

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Military deposed the president and is backing a self appointed minority leader's purge of the majority party. Looks extremely coup-y to me.
It's priceless seeing some posters here navigate the Venezuelan and Bolivian realities while trying to stay consistent. Coup, not a coup. Not a coup, coup. Ha.

Also, let's see. Venezuela = largest oil reserves. Bolivia = close to largest Lithium reserves. Energy sources needed for energy dominance. Old energy to new energy transition. Coup, not a coup. Ha.
 

Blackjack200

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what? no way!
From the article:

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And the OAS isn’t all that independent at the moment, with the Trump administration actively promoting this military coup, and Washington having more right-wing allies in the OAS than they did just a few years ago.

Not to mention that the U.S. supplies 60% of its budget. But the OAS has horribly abused its mandate in election monitoring before, helping to reverse election results as the U.S. and its allies wanted: most destructively, in 2000 in Haiti; and also in the same country in 2011.

More evidence: in the last three weeks, the OAS has refused to answer questions from journalists, on the record, about their statements or reports since the election.
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So a US backed organization released a false report that destabilized a country after democratic elections. Waiting for all the Russia freaks to come down hard on this.
 

sandorski

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Christo-Fascism just seems to keep happening recently. Can't quite figure out how or why. ;colbert;
 

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