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Bolivian Socialist President Evo Morales resigns after allegations of electoral fraud

Bolivian Socialist President Evo Morales, who claimed victory in a controversial election on October 20, sparked widespread public outcry throughout Latin America, his resignation announced Sunday.

"I'm sending my letter of resignation to the Legislative Assembly of Bolivia," said the 60-year-old Socialist leader in a statement.

He promised to withdraw after the army invited him to do so. It was not immediately known who would succeed Morales; his Vice President also resigned, as did the Senate Speaker, who was next.

At least three people were killed during protests in Bolivia and hundreds were injured.

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After nearly 14 years in power, Morales claimed to have won a fourth term last month.

The man Morales said defeated, opposition leader and former president Carlos Mesa, claimed that a preliminary report from the Organization of American States (OAS) revealed a "fraud monstrous. " He added that Mr. Morales could not be a candidate in the new elections. . "

Bolivian President Evo Morales speaking in El Alto on Sunday. The president announced his resignation amid allegations of election fraud. (Enzo De Luca / Bolivia Agencia de Informacion via AP)

Bolivian President Evo Morales speaking in El Alto on Sunday. The president announced his resignation amid allegations of election fraud. (Enzo De Luca / Bolivia Agencia de Informacion via AP)

The OAS said Sunday it found a "pile of irregularities observed" in the October 20 elections, and said a new vote should take place.

"Conscious of the number of irregularities observed, it is not possible to guarantee the integrity of the figures and to give certainty on the results," said the OAS in a statement.

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Morales became the first president of Bolivia's indigenous population in 2006 and presided over a commodity-driven economic boom in the poorest country in South America. A former leader of a coca farmers' union, he paved roads, sent Bolivia's first satellite into space and controlled inflation.

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General Williams Kaliman, the country's military leader, appealed on Sunday before the resignation.

"After analyzing the situation of internal conflict, we ask the president to resign, thereby restoring peace and maintaining stability for the sake of our Bolivia," Kaliman told national television.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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