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(CNN Spanish) - Following the publication of the report of the Organization of American States (OAS) confirming electoral fraud in the presidential elections of October 20 in Bolivia, the commander in chief of the Bolivian Armed Forces, Williams Kaliman, suggested Sunday to Evo Morales to resign.
Kaliman, who was released from office by interim president Jeanine Áñez, spoke exclusively with Fernando del Rincón in CNN Conclusions in Spanish on Wednesday. These are five key phrases from that interview.
1. “This suggestion at no time makes a tax sense”
“In strict compliance with what Article 20 of the Organic Law of the Armed Forces sends us, after making an exhaustive analysis and making the decision among all commanders, we suggest that the president of the State resign his presidential mandate. , allowing the pacification and maintenance of stability, all for the unity and good of our Bolivia, ”Kaliman said regarding the suggestion made to Evo Morales to resign from the presidency.
"This suggestion at no time has a tax sense ... It is a suggestion that makes the command to its captain general of the Armed Forces for the situation that was lived at that time," he said.
2. “Not a soldier in the streets”
The excomandante stressed that "at the time we suggested the president resign his presidential term, there was not a soldier in the streets."
"There was no military that was pressing with arms, we were all in the barracks in a state of emergency," he added.
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3. "Never aim at the people"
"The Armed Forces had committed ourselves to never face our population, never to point our weapons at the people to whom we owe, so we embarked on the constitutional part of the armed institution," Kaliman told CNN in Spanish.
4. "The police forces had been exceeded"
Kaliman said that the Bolivian Police commander, General Yuri Calderón, who recently resigned from his position, requested a hearing in which he was informed that “the police forces had been exceeded, that they no longer had the capacity to maintain the order, mainly in the host city of Government, La Paz ”.
5. “Peace be first”
Finally, Kaliman said goodbye "to all Bolivia" and called "peace be the first, and care for life, so that Bolivians continue in the progress we deserve."