Bolivian President Evo Morales agreed on Sunday to hold new presidential elections after an audit of the disputed October vote called for it to be annulled, while pressure mounted on the leftist leader to step down amid the resignations of some government officials.
From Bolivia’s capital La Paz high in the Andes to the steamy city of Santa Cruz in the eastern lowlands, weeks of protests have loosened leftist President Evo Morales’ grip on power and left his South American nation deeply divided.
Spain held its second parliamentary election this year on Sunday, with voters seen likely to deliver no clear winner, an even more fragmented parliament and a sizeable boost to the far right.
The Socialists of acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez were seen ahead in Spain’s repeat election on Sunday while the far-right Vox jumped to third place, according to an opinion poll by GAD3 published as mainland voting ended.
The United States is very upset about Turkey’s purchase of Russian missile defense systems and could impose sanctions on Ankara if it does not “get rid” of them, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said on Sunday.
The Bolivian Armed Forces said it had ordered air and land operations to “neutralize” armed groups that act outside the laws, in a statement released on Sunday.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Sunday praised Bolivian President Evo Morales’ decision to call for new elections, calling it a “triumph of democracy.”
Bolivia’s attorney general’s office said on Sunday that it had ordered an investigation into the members of the electoral tribunal after the Organization of American States (OAS) found serious irregularities in the Oct. 20 vote.
An explosive device was detonated in northern Iraq on Sunday as a vehicle carrying Italian special forces drove nearby, injuring five soldiers, three of them seriously, the Italian military said on Sunday.
Security forces fired tear gas at anti-government protesters in Baghdad on Sunday injuring at least 22 people, police and medical sources said, a day after they pushed demonstrations back toward one main square in the Iraqi capital.