LA PAZ: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned about the situation in Bolivia, where Evo Morales resigned the presidency Sunday after weeks of protests over a disputed election.
Spokesman Stephane Dujarric says in a Spanish-language statement that Guterres “urges all relevant parties to refrain from violence, reduce tensions and exercise maximum restraint.”
Three Bolivians have been killed and more than 100 injured during clashes among opponents and supporters of Morales since the Oct. 20 election, which he claimed to have won.
The statement adds that Guterres urges Bolivians “to commit to seek a peaceful solution to the current crisis and to ensure transparent and credible elections.”
Morales resigned soon after the release of an Organization of American States audit that reported irregularities in the vote count.