Headline, May 20 2019/ ''' '' COUPS -BOLIVIA- COSTS '' '''


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DEMOCRACY IS A PRISTINE UNDERTAKING AND STRUGGLE TO overcome and administer and serve the Lord Almighty God's creation of the ''unequal variables''.

The biggest enemy of a democratic thought and practice, when it leads to execution is ''overreach''. That's when misery, suffering, injustice, evil, manipulation, corruption, crimes and sins and systemic failures set in.

For democracy to flourish and grow in the best honors and undertakings for humanity, - after so and when defined, the leader has to go back to the people for a stamp of approval and support and redesign of the basics.

Case in point : World's entire history, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Myanmar, and of course, Kashmir. For if you don't, you only end up in a cul de sac and become a laughing stock of history.

After the Bolivian military forced out Evo Morales as president, following a wave of demonstration protesting fraud in his forth presidential election, the right-wing catholic politician Jeanine Anez Chavez, second vice president of the Bolivian Senate, was deemed next in the line of succession and sworn in as his replacement.

Ms. Anez pledged to ''bring back democracy and tranquility,'' but she instead embarked in a blatantly, revanchist, ruthless path.

She issued a decree exempting security forces from criminal prosecution when maintaining public order; the following day, eight protesters were killed in a lethal lockdown and more have been killed since.

At the same time, Mr. Morales's legions of Indigenous followers sealed off access to the region, where he comes from, with scores of barricades and vowed to give the government no peace until he returns.

MR. EVO MORALES BECAME Bolivia's first Indigenous leader when he was elected 14 years ago, breaking the monopoly of power of a small elite of European descent.

He sharply reduced the poverty rate, expanded the economy and helped introduce a new, more equitable constitution.

The he overreached, calling for a referendum in 2016 to lift constitutional term limits he himself had supported and, when the vote went against him, getting a Constitutional Court filled with his followers to rule that term limits violated his human rights.

The flawed election on Oct 20. followed. Early suspicions of fraud by the Organizations of American States helped fuel the protests and provided cover for the military to ''suggest'' that Mr. Morales leave office.

Just later, the O.A,S. issued an audit, to which Mr. Morales had agreed, substantiating those suspicions and finding ''a series of malicious operations aimed at altering the will expressed at the polls'' on Oct 20.

The Bolivian legislature has passed a law, with support from Morales's party and signed by Ms. Anez, paving the way towards new elections within a few months, with Mr. Morales barred from running.

Renouncing his candidacy is the right way for him to help restore peace and democracy in a country for which he has done so much. There is no clear successor on the left, so Mr. Morales should focus on finding a worthy successor in his party.

Ms. Anez, for her part, can make clear that her dubious leap from obscurity was not the coup that her opponents claim it was by abandoning her vindictive policies and fulfilling her promise to arrange a fair and free election.

Anything less could mark a sad relapse to the era of serial coups and counter-coups that ravaged Bolivia.

A continued standoff would only exacerbate the country's deep ethnic and ideological polarization. Mr. Morales's fall thrust Bolivia into the center of a left right struggle convulsing much of the Americas.

Seeing that resolved through the democratic process, rather than the outside meddling, should be the goal of the United States and Bolivia's Latin American neighbors.

The Honor and Serving of great analysis on Democracy and State-of-the-World, continues. The World Students Society thanks The New York Times editorial board.

With respectful dedication to the Leaders, Grandparents, Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers of Bolivia and then the world.

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