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Bolivia’s President Evo Morales looks on during a press conference in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. Morales is calling for new presidential elections and an overhaul of the electoral system Sunday after a preliminary report by the Organization of American States found irregularities in the Oct. 20 elections.

Juan Karita

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LA PAZ, Bolivia

The latest on the political crisis in Bolivia (all times local):

9: 45 p.m.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he is standing with Bolivia’s Evo Morales, who has abruptly resigned as president amid political turmoil that erupted after his disputed election to a fourth term.

Maduro said Sunday in a nationally broadcast statement via telephone that Morales has fallen victim to the same U.S.-backed plot that seeks to topple him from power and install a right-wing government in Venezuela. The two leftist leaders are long political allies.

Venezuela’s socialist party leaders are calling on Venezuelans to join in a march next Saturday to show solidarity with Morales.

In Maduro’s words: “Let’s go to the street to defend the people’s right to democracy, freedom and socialism.”

Also next Saturday, U.S.-backed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is urging his supporters to demonstrate against Maduro.

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9: 20 p.m.

Argentina is urging all political and social actors in Bolivia to keep the peace and engage in dialogue following weeks of unrest over a disputed election that led Bolivian President Evo Morales to resign Sunday.

In a statement, Argentina’s government says calm is needed for Bolivians to navigate the transition to new elections. In its words: “It is imperative that all Bolivian political forces and leaders act at this delicate time with responsibility and restraint.”

The Argentine statement also says Bolivia should work with its regional neighbors as well as impartial international groups and observers to ensure a transparent election.

Morales resigned soon after the release of an Organization of American States audit that found irregularities in Oct. 20 presidential election.

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9 p.m.

The U.S. State Department says American officials are monitoring events in Bolivia following the surprise resignation of President Evo Morales and several other top officials after weeks of sometimes violent protests over the disputed presidential election.

Morales stepped down hours after the Organization of American States released report outlining irregularities in the Oct. 20 election.

In a statement Sunday night, the department says: “We urge the OAS to send a mission to Bolivia to oversee the new electoral process and to ensure that the new …read more

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