Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Breaking News: Evo Morales Expels USAID from Bolivia

Bolivian President Evo Morales expels USAID

Breaking news 
Bolivian President Evo Morales has said he will expel the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Mr Morales accused the agency of seeking to undermine his government.

Source: BBC

Bolivia announces expulsion of USAID

LA PAZ — President Evo Morales announced Wednesday the expulsion of USAID representatives from Bolivia, accusing the US development agency of meddling in the country's internal affairs.

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."

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