November 21, 2019 / 7:09 PM / 24 days ago

Pompeo calls on all parties in Bolivia to refrain from violence

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a news conference at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium November 20, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday called on all parties in Bolivia to refrain from violence and for security services to respect peaceful protesters’ rights, following street violence that has killed 32 people since a disputed election in October.

Pompeo also urged people “who participated in the egregious irregularities” of Bolivia’s election to step aside, after Bolivia’s ousted former president, Evo Morales, and his vice president said they would not be candidates for their party’s next elections.

Reporting by Makini Brice and Matt Spetalnick; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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