Bolivian President Evo Morales resigns after protests

Bolivian President Evo Morales resigned Sunday after facing mass protests over his attempt to hold onto power by bending laws to run for a fourth term, then claiming victory in a vote marred by allegations of fraud.

Morales came to power more than a decade ago in a surge by leftist leaders in Latin America.

The South American nation’s first indigenous president, he was once popular and led the country through a period of economic growth and falling inequality. His attempt to extend his presidency, however, triggered widespread protests and cost him the support of many allies and the military.

Morales and Vice President Álvaro García Linera, who also stepped down, said they had been pushed out in what amounted to a “coup.”

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