Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has resigned, shortly after the country’s military urged him to do so. The development leaves the country, which has endured weeks of political turmoil, in a situation of even greater uncertainty.

“I resign from my position as president so that (Carlos) Mesa and (Luis Fernando) Camacho do not continue to persecute socialist leaders,” Morales  said during a televised address naming the leaders of the opposition.

“My sin is being a union leader, indigenous. I can’t understand how they can use the Bible to mistreat people. We are giving up so that my brothers do not continue to be kicked,” he said.

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