An helicopter carrying Bolivia’s President Evo Morales made an emergency touchdown Monday as a result of a mechanical drawback, the army mentioned, elevating suspicions amongst his supporters after opponents vowed to oust him.
No one was damage, the air pressure mentioned, however the incident fuelled tensions within the nation the place protesters have been rallying towards the leftist president for 2 weeks following his disputed re-election.
The mechanical glitch occurred as the helicopter was taking off from a village within the Andes the place Morales had been inaugurating a brand new street, it mentioned. Video of the incident circulated on social media.
“Brothers, today, after opening the road in Colquiri, we had an incident with the helicopter that will be properly investigated,” Morales tweeted later after resuming work at authorities headquarters.
The air pressure mentioned it was investigating the causes of the fault.
The EC-145 helicopter “had a mechanical fault in the tail rotor during take-off, which prompted an emergency landing,” the Bolivian Air Force mentioned in a statement.
On Saturday, a conservative opposition chief within the jap Santa Cruz area, Luis Fernando Camacho, threatened to “take decisive action” on Monday night time to drive Morales from energy.
Former inside minister Hugo Moldiz in a Twitter message branded the helicopter incident “a criminal attack.”
Morales has accused his opponents of plotting a coup towards him.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a staunch ally of Morales, tweeted his “deep solidarity and assist for our Indian chief of the south, who has emerged unscathed from an air crash.
“The immortal spirit of our ancestors and liberators protect you. A hug, Brother President!”
Foreign Minister Diego Pary condemned what he mentioned was an ongoing coup d’etat within the nation in a speech to a rare session of the Organization of American States’ (OAS) everlasting council in Washington.
“The selective aggression of citizens and the security forces, the call on the Armed Forces and the National Police to rise up, and finally the call under threat to President Evo Morales to leave the government in 48 hours, are clear evidence that there is a coup d’etat on the way that aims to break Bolivia’s democratic life leading to chaos and confrontation between Bolivians,” Pary mentioned.
Deadly unrest has gripped the South American nation since Morales was named the winner of an election on October 20 for a fourth time period.
His opponents have branded the consequence a fraud, citing alleged irregularities within the vote depend.
Morales’s rival within the polls, Carlos Mesa, has referred to as for a brand new vote to be held.
Demonstrators returned to dam roads within the capital La Paz on Monday in contemporary protests.
In his deal with to supporters on Saturday, Camacho referred to as on the army to “be on the side of the people.”
Morales responded by accusing his opponents of in search of bloodshed.
Interior Minister Carlos Romero mentioned Monday the federal government had “absolute trust” within the armed forces.
Romero alleged on Sunday that “a violent confrontation is being prepared” for Monday night time close to the presidential palace in La Paz.