Bolivia expels USAID for ‘meddling’ in its affairs

AFP-JIJI

President Evo Morales on Wednesday announced the expulsion of USAID from Bolivia, accusing the U.S. agency of meddling in his country’s internal affairs in a new souring of often-tense relations.

The United States quickly dismissed the allegations as baseless, and said Bolivia’s action showed it did not want good ties with Washington.

In a fiery speech to workers on May Day, the leftist president of South America’s poorest country said the U.S. Agency for International Development was in Bolivia “for political purposes — not social ones.”

He did not explain why he felt the U.S. agency was interfering in Bolivian affairs. USAID has operated in the nation since 1964.

Morales, a populist and Bolivia’s first indigenous president, has been in power since 2006 and has followed a sometimes nationalist agenda hostile to Western governments and companies.

In 2008, he expelled the American ambassador in La Paz and agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, accusing them of meddling in Bolivia’s internal affairs. The country is a major producer of coca leaves, the raw material of cocaine. The United States responded by expelling the Bolivian ambassador and ending trade privileges that it had granted the country. After a long period of frosty ties, the two nations in 2011 signed a framework agreement to normalize relations and exchange ambassadors again, but tensions remained.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had encouraged improved bilateral relations with Bolivia, but they suffered another blow recently when Morales accused the U.S. of conspiring against the new government that assumed power in Venezuela after the death of Hugo Chavez, his ally.

  • truthbeatslies

    In booting out USAID from Bolivia, President Evo Morales is to be applauded…!

    For the self-styled “Land of the Free” and its many agents – ever espousing the joys of freedom, as if the USA solely enjoyed devine rights to its access…!! – never cease to employ every devious means of deception in striving to achieve their everlasting aims to prevent the leader of any and every other nation on the face of the earth from daring to fulfil their own people’s freedom to elect a government administration entirely opposed to the rank injustices of exploitative capitalism…!!!

  • steinhauershawn

    Japan, Japan! Always being Anti-Western when it come to it’s Government Policies but when it come to other Non-western Countries in this case Native American, Japan see themselves as Westerners (Honorary Whites) and promote’s Western Domination with the likes of Alberto Fujimori. Bolivia now has a Quinoa, Gas and texile boom and pretty soon Lithium so they don’t need foreign aid.