Bolivian President Evo Morales expels USAID
Bolivian President Evo Morales has said he will expel the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Bolivia announces expulsion of USAID
In a fiery speech to workers on May Day, the leftist president of South America's poorest country said the US Agency for International Development was in Bolivia "for political purposes, not social ones."
Morales, who has been in power since 2006, expelled the US ambassador and representatives of the US Drug Enforcement Administration in 2008 on the same grounds.
"No more USAID, which manipulates and uses our leaders," Morales said in the address in La Paz's Plaza de Armas.
Morales said Bolivia was offended by recent comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry to the effect that Latin America was the United States' backyard.
The United States, he said, "probably thinks that here it can still manipulate politically and economically. That is a thing of the past."