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Possibly. There is no internationally accepted definition of a coup. It is a coup if the legitimate government is overthrown by force. It is not a coup if the government finds it politically expedient to follow the wishes of the population. It is not a coup if the military refuses orders of an unconstitutional government, either. Has the Morales government ...


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The fraud accusations were mostly proven on Sunday 10th of November with a preliminary report of the audit being held by the OAS. I'm not privy with the details, but I'm familiar with where the coup chatter is coming from. According to reporting by The Nation (which got picked up by other outlets, such as Democracy Now), the OAS said there was fraud, but ...


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That is highly likely a coup. Just consider the speed of OAS giving support to the opposition. Let's also consider the face of an opposition. It is common for western-supported South America leaders to be: Right-wing Christian, or position himself so Rich Considering US as a very close ally Western education Those points can be applicable to each and every ...


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Military forces cost money. Countries in South America are relatively poor (compared with the US, Europe or Gulf states. Military forces are enlarged in response to a perceived threat. There are currently few international conflicts in South America, compared with the Middle East. In recent history, much of South America has been ruled by military ...


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A few facts related to Morales and the election. Until a few years ago, he was rather popular. In 2016, he considered running for a fourth term, in violation of the constitution. Wikipedia's page on Evo Morales summarizes In February 2016, a referendum was held on the question of whether Morales should be allowed to run for a fourth term; he narrowly lost.[...


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Expanding on James K's good answer, which raises the cost and the desire to limit the risk of the military taking over: Brazil and Mexico also have oil money and an army to show for it. Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico are in the 20 largest armies in the world (in that order). Next, consider the threat level. Mexico's example is arguably the most illustrative. ...


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What constitutes a coup? There's no real definition of what a coup d'etat really means. The Britannica Encyclopedia suggest for example: Coup d’état, also called Coup, the sudden, violent overthrow of an existing government by a small group. The chief prerequisite for a coup is control of all or part of the armed forces, the police, and other military ...


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As of 22 May, apart from the mutual decisions to close the land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travel, the US has imposed no restrictions on travelers coming from the Americas. It is worth noting that, even though the land borders may be closed, flights between the US, Canada and Mexico are continuing.


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Yes, the situation most resembles a coup, compared to alternative namings. There are many different ways to call the same thing, and when the situation is unclear, the position of the speaker often influences what he chooses to call it. From the known facts, we can establish that some kind of not entirely voluntary change of government has taken place. ...


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Not a coup. Yet During a coup, several individuals or groups vie for control of the state and the monopoly on violence is not existing. What is happening in Bolivia is that all the people within a stone's throw of legal justification for controlling the state, has stepped down (or even fled) and the military has in addition to expressing their non support ...


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The Constitutional implications of such an action are rather simple. The English version of the Chilean Constitution (link) states in Chapter 4, Article 29 that the role of President will devolve on a designated Minister (currently the Minister of the Interior), as Vice President, in the event the office of President falls vacant. If the Vice President is ...


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It's not just Latin American countries but Canada as well and again, there's a good reason. For much of it's existence as a nation, the United States Foreign Policy has been based on some form of Monroe doctrine, which holds that the United States will deal with problems in the Americas and not make trouble in the Europe, Asia, and Africa unless they start ...


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For reference, Ahead of oil riches, Guyana holds a decisive election - The Economist Guyana has managed to find, with the help of expertise and resources from ExxonMobil, very significant oil deposits on its Atlantic shore, some of which are in the contested territory with Venezuela. ExxonMobil, together with The China National Offshore Oil Corporation, has ...


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