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Status: 27.06.2024 00:25

There has apparently been an tried coup in opposition to the federal government in Bolivia. President Arce warned of a coup by elements of the navy. Pictures present troopers and armored autos in La Paz.

Bolivia's President Luis Arce has reported an “irregular troop build-up” in La Paz and warned of a navy coup. Bolivian tv footage confirmed two tanks and a number of other males in navy uniforms on Murillo Square in entrance of the federal government palace.

According to data from ARD South America correspondent Peter Sonnenberg A tank entered the palace, however left shortly afterwards. The troopers are mentioned to have withdrawn within the meantime. Head of State Arce introduced that he wished to nominate a brand new navy chief. Later, to the cheers of his supporters, he appointed new commanders to go the military, navy and air power.

Also current was the previous military chief, Juan José Zúñiga, who seemed to be main the revolt. “Surely there will soon be a new cabinet of ministers; our country, our state, cannot continue like this,” he instructed journalists within the sq.. “For the time being,” nonetheless, he acknowledged Arce as commander-in-chief.

Zúñiga didn’t initially touch upon whether or not he was main the coup try. But when he arrived on the palace grounds, he added that the military was making an attempt to “restore democracy and free our political prisoners.” The basic had solely been launched the day earlier than.

High-ranking politicians converse of coup

On the net platform X, Arce referred to as for respect for democracy. Former President Evo Morales additionally condemned the deployment of troops on X and referred to as the occasions a coup “in the making.” Although Arce and Morales belong to the identical socialist motion, they’ve truly fallen out.

Senior cupboard member María Nela Prada expressed related views. She instructed the native tv station Red Uno that it was an “attempted coup”. But individuals had been on alert to defend democracy.

International concern

The incident instantly triggered reactions from different politicians within the area. Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador mentioned he strongly condemned this coup try. Gabriel Boric, the president of neighboring Chile, the pinnacle of state of Honduras and former Bolivian politicians made related statements.

In Bolivia, a rustic of 12 million individuals, protests have intensified in current months because the nation's financial system has gone from being one of many continent's fastest-growing international locations 20 years in the past to considered one of its most crisis-ridden.