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    On Sunday, Bolivian President Evo Morales resigned after the national armed forces sided with demonstrators who opposed his serving a fourth term. The demonstrations began after international observers found "grave irregularities" in the 20 October election.

    The demonstrations erupted in the wake of the 20 October presidential election. The electoral authorities said that President Evo Morales had won his fourth term in office in the first round. However, his rival, Carlos Mesa, refused to recognise the election results. The opposition engaged in rallies, which subsequently led to unrest, arguing that there had been irregularities in the vote-counting process.

    Morales called the mass protests in the country an attempted coup, which was undertaken by right-wing forces dissatisfied with his win.

    Over 380 people have been injured in Bolivia's ongoing protests since they started in late October.

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      Mexican Foreign Minister on Evo Morales' Resignation: We Consider What Happened Yesterday in Bolivia a Coup

      The Mexican foreign minister said that military coups in Latin America have never been positive for the region.

      He added that under the principal of non-intervention, Mexico will recognise the legitimacy of the elected government of Bolivia until its term ends.

      The Mexican foreign minister said that Mexico would not accept a military government in Bolivia.

       

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      Mexican President Says Events in Bolivia 'Regrettable'

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      Kremlin Expects Situation in Bolivia to Develop Lawfully, Without Foreign Meddling

      The Kremlin expects the situation in Bolivia, where President Evo Morales resigned on Sunday amid escalating violence, to develop lawfully and without any foreign meddling, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

      "We are now, of course, calling on everyone to show restraint, and we hope that the situation in Bolivia will be developing in accordance with the law. We certainly hope that Bolivians will make decisions on their fate on their own, without interference of any third nation," Peskov told reporters.

      Russia has not been in contact with Morales or his representatives, and no Bolivian official has requested political shelter in the country, Peskov went on to say.

      According to the Kremlin spokesman, the situation in Bolivia will not prevent Russian President Vladimir Putin from attending the BRICS summit in Brazil, scheduled for November 13-14, Peskov added.

      "The visit will be held in compliance with the already prepared schedule," Peskov told reporters.

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