Bolivia coup: The British response

EVO MORALES’ resignation was supported by the OAS, the US and senior Conservative figures.

The British response won’t be as pivotal as Washington’s, but represents the difference in the two main political parties.

Jeremy Corbyn came under fire for his alleged support of the deposed leader.

He said: “To see Evo Morales who, along with a powerful movement has brought so much social progress, forced from office by the military is appalling.

“I condemn the coup against the Bolivian people and stand with them for democracy, social justice and independence.”

He was joined by the likes of Bernie Sanders in condemning the right-wing coup, but Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “Unbelievable. The Organisation of American States refused to certify the Bolivian election because of systemic flaws.

“The people are protesting and striking on an unprecedented scale.

“But Jeremy Corbyn puts Marxist solidarity ahead of democracy.”

A Foreign Office spokesperson today told The Hawthorne Effect: “The United Kingdom congratulates Jeanine Áñez on taking on her new responsibilities as interim President of Bolivia.

“We welcome Ms Áñez’s appointment and her declared intention to hold elections soon.

“Free and fair elections will rebuild confidence in democracy for the Bolivian people.

“We look to all political parties to support efforts to restore calm following recent violence and to organise fresh presidential elections in accordance with the Constitution.”

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