Bolivian Socialist President Evo Morales, who claimed victory in a contested election on October 20, sparking protest in the Latin American state, announced Sunday that he had resigned.
"I am sending my resignation letter to the Legislative Assembly of Bolivia," the 60-year-old Socialist leader said in a statement.
He promised to step down after the military called for him to do so. It was not immediately clear who would inherited Morales; his Vice President also resigned, as did the Senate President, who was next in order.
At least three people were killed in the ensuing protests in Bolivia and hundreds were injured.
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The Morales man says he has won, opposition leader and former President Carlos Mesa claims that a preliminary report from the United States of America [OAS] shows "monstrous fraud" and added that Morales "cannot be a candidate for new elections. "
The OAS on Sunday said it had discovered a "bunch of observed irregularities" in the October 20 elections and said a new vote should be held.
"Given the pile of irregularities observed, it is not possible to guarantee the integrity of the numbers and to give certainty to the results," an OAS statement said.
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Morales became the first president of Bolivia's indigenous population in 2006 and presides over an economic boom in commodities, the poorest in South America. coca, he paved the way, sent the first space satellite Bolivia in space and curb inflation.
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Gen. Williams Kaliman, the country's military chief, appealed on Sunday before resigning.
"We are analyzing the situation of internal conflict, asking the president to resign, allowing peace to be restored and maintaining stability for the good of our Bolivians," Kaliman told national television.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.