Morales calls for international help to stop Bolivia 'genocide'

Morales calls for international help to stop Bolivia 'genocide'

Police and soldiers escorted gasoline tankers from the fuel plant following food and gasoline shortages in some Bolivian cities.

During a press briefing on Wednesday, Jeanine Anez said that the aim of her proposed legislation is to ensure a "transparent" electoral process leading to a result which is "respected".

The South American country's two chambers of congress are expected to debate the election bill beginning on Thursday and possibly extending into Friday, which would annul the October 20 poll and appoint a new electoral board within 15 days of its passage, paving the way for a new vote after long-term leftist leader Evo Morales resigned under pressure this month.

A similar proposal put forward by Morales' Movement for Socialism party has been sent to a Senate commission for analysis.

The Washington-based Group of American States, which audited final month's elections and located irregularities, on Wednesday authorised a decision calling on Bolivia to "urgently" maintain a brand new vote.

He stepped down on November 10 under pressure from protesters, civil groups, security forces and allies, as well as an worldwide audit that found serious irregularities in the election count and cast doubt on his announced outright victory.

Since Morales stepped down, his supporters have demonstrated daily in the streets of La Paz and in some provincial cities to demand Anez's departure.

The United Nations, the European Union and the influential Catholic Church have been making an attempt to dealer talks between Anez's interim authorities and opposition events loyal to Morales to finish the violence.

In a press conference on Wednesday, government minister Arturo Murillo claimed Morales was continuing to stoke unrest.

"We can not allow elections to be held by decree when the Legislative Assembly is functioning legally and legitimately", said Copa.

"That is Evo Morales doing state terrorism", Murillo said, without giving the source of the three-minute video. "In the next few hours we will file an global lawsuit on this".

Chatting with reporters in Mexico on Wednesday, Morales urged the worldwide neighborhood to intervene to cease what he referred to as a "genocide" in Bolivia.

Morales, at a news conference in Mexico, where he was granted political asylum when he fled Bolivia, in turn accused the interim government of using excessive force against peaceful protesters.

The deadliest clashes occurred on Friday in the central city of Cochabamba, where nine people were killed in a confrontation between Morales backers and the security forces. The death toll remains uncertain, but CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin said she "saw 5 dead with my own eyes" while on the ground in Bolivia.

A spokesman for the ombudsman's office said earlier two of those killed had been hit by gunfire.

The army said in a statement that "agitators and vandals" had attacked and partially destroyed the Senkata fuel plant, 'using high-powered explosives'.

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