President Donald Trump “gave the order to overthrow and finish off Morales,” Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro said on Monday Nov. 11, accusing Trump of forcing former Bolivian President Evo Morales to resign.
The socialist Morales, a longstanding ally to the Venezuelan regime, was the nation’s first indigenous president. He served nearly 14 years and stepped down on Sunday Nov. 10, after the Organization of American States (OAS) revealed significant evidence of fraud in the election that garnered him an illegal fourth term on October 20.
In a television broadcast from Caracas on Monday, Maduro claimed that President Trump set about an international conspiracy to overthrow Morales via a military coup.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump said the resignation of Evo Morales as Bolivia’s president preserves democracy in that country and sends a signal to “illegitimate regimes” in Venezuela and Nicaragua.
“The resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales is a significant moment for democracy in the Western Hemisphere,” Trump said in a statement. “These events send a strong signal to the illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail.”
To these statements, Nicolás Maduro answered: “Now the U.S. say that they’re coming for Venezuela and Nicaragua. Be alert people! Let’s go to combat! If they want to fight, we will fight for peace, for homeland, for sovereignty and for the Bolivarian revolution of Venezuela. We are ready to go to battle, victory belongs to us, and we will demonstrate it in practice, in a civic-military union on the streets of Caracas”.
“After almost 14 years and his recent attempt to disallow the Bolivian Constitution and the will of the people, Morales’ departure preserves democracy and paves the way for the people of Bolivia to make their voices heard,” Trump said.
The Yucatan Times Newsroom