November 11, 2019 / 1:22 PM / 9 months ago

'Various failures' in Bolivian election: incoming EU diplomacy chief

FILE PHOTO: Spain's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell speaks during a news conference in Bogota, Colombia October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

MADRID (Reuters) - The European Union’s incoming foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said on Monday that Bolivia’s Oct. 20 election results could not be validated, citing a report that pointed to various failures amounting to more than just “simple irregularities.”

Violent clashes erupted in the Bolivian capital of La Paz after Evo Morales, the country’s president since 2006, resigned on Sunday under pressure over a disputed election last month.

A report from the Organization of American States (OAS) released early on Sunday said the Oct. 20 election should be annulled and a new vote held after it had found “clear manipulations” of the voting system that called into question the win by Morales.

Reporting by Isla Binnie and Clara-Laeila Laudette, writing by Jesús Aguado and Ashifa Kassam, editing by Andrei Khalip

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