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Press Statement
Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 18, 2003


Resignation of President Sanchez de Lozada

2003/1050

We regret the circumstances including the loss of life that led to ex-President Sanchez de Lozada’s resignation. We commend ex-President Sanchez de Lozada for his commitment to democracy and to the well being of his country. We understand that in conformity with Bolivia’s constitution, Vice President Carlos Mesa assumes the presidency.

The events of the past week have underscored the need for all Bolivians to work together to strengthen democratic institutions through peaceful dialogue and constitutional means. It is now the responsibility of Bolivians to take steps to end political polarization and to guarantee respect for human life and the rule of law.

We call upon all parties to work together to safeguard a democratic and constitutional transfer of power. With such a transfer, the United States stands ready with other members of the Organization of American States, in the spirit of the Inter-American Democratic Charter and with other democracies, to assist the Bolivian people and their government as they undertake the essential task of repairing their national institutions.

Released on October 18, 2003

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