The commander of Bolivia’s armed forces on Sunday called on embattled President Evo Morales to resign amid a growing furore over his disputed re-election.
“After analyzing the conflicted domestic situation, we ask the president to resign his presidential mandate to allow for pacification and the maintaining of stability, for the good of our Bolivia,” General Williams Kaliman told reporters.
Concise News had reported that Morales was declared the winner of the presidential elections by the electoral tribunal (TSE).
The tribunal said Morales had 47.1% of the vote with 99.9% of ballots counted, avoiding a second round run-off.
There were claims of the election being rigged after the vote count was paused for 24 hours.
Second placed candidate Carlos Mesa has called for a second round as has the US, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.
Mesa had 36.51% of the vote, according to TSE’s website.
Those figures give Morales a winning margin of more than 10 percentage points, meaning that a second round of voting is not required under Bolivian election law.
A spokeswoman for TSE said 0.01% of votes had been voided in the region of Beni with new voting there scheduled for November. She added that these votes are not enough to change the outcome of the election.
Hours after polling booths closed on Sunday, TSE released the first results of the quick count that signposted towards a second round.
However, its website then stopped updating for 24 hours. When it finally resumed, Morales had a lead of over 10 percentage points.