December 3, 2020

The Minister of Mining resigns, the first resignation in the Government of Bolivia

Bolivian Minister of Mining, César Navarro, resigned from his position on Sunday "irrevocably" after a mob set his house on fire in the Andean city of Potosí, in the midst of the post-election political crisis.

"I have submitted my resignation because I think it is a painful moment, so I have already submitted my irrevocable resignation to the position of Minister of State," Navarro said in a telephone contact with the private PAT channel, being the first resignation in the Morales Government.

The now ex-authority regretted the "very strong" violence latent in Potosí and denounced that his home in that city, in western Bolivia, was set on fire, that the mob hit his nephew and that now a group seeks to enter his mother's house .

"It is a fact that has no explanation, how the general discourse of anger, of hate is deriving in these uncontrollable acts of violence," he questioned.

Navarro said that he and his family members are "very fearful" about the violence in Potosí and that they are making "every effort to get us personally safe because we are practically unprotected, we are alone."

The Minister of Health, Gabriela Montaño, blamed opponents Carlos Mesa and Luis Fernando Camacho for the actions against Navarro and her relatives and demanded that they "stop the violence."

César Navarro is Morales' prime minister who resigns since the crisis unleashed in Bolivia after the general elections of last October 20.

On the eve a governor and two mayors of the official Movement to Socialism (MAS) have resigned their positions and on this day the Potosí official senator René Joaquino resigned.

Conflicts arose since the day after the elections began suspicions of manipulation of votes to favor the re-election of Morales for a fourth term until 2025.

The electoral body gave victory to the president, but the opposition and civic committees denounce fraud in their favor, demand his resignation and new elections.

The Organization of American States (OAS) recommended this Sunday to hold "another electoral process" in Bolivia to show "irregularities" that prevented it from validating the vote on October 20.

After that announcement, Morales announced to the media that there will be new elections and that he will change the members of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, but the sectors mobilized against him insist that he must resign.

On Saturday there were strong riots in regions such as Oruro, where the homes of the president's sister and the governor of that department, Víctor Hugo Vázquez, were burned.

On the same day, at least 32 people were injured when a caravan of miners and university students was attacked, who from the regions of Potosí and Chuquisaca would go to La Paz to join protest marches against Morales.

Protests for and against the president have so far left three dead and 384 injured, according to data from the Ombudsman of Bolivia.

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