Bolivian President Gonzalo "Goni" Sánchez de Lozada will resign today.
Power will pass, constitutionally (as we've told you all along), to Vice President Carlos Mesa.
The military will support the new government. In fact, today, Army and police forces which had cordoned off Plaza Murillo, next to the National Palace and Congress, ceded the way to a multitude of protestors who want Goni's resignation. They now are at the gates of power.
LA PAZ , Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivia's government coalition fell apart on Friday after a main ally of embattled President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada withdrew his support, echoing demands from protesters for the unpopular leader to step down.
Tens of thousands of miners, farmers and Indian women marched to the colonial center of the besieged capital, shouting "quit, quit" and exploding dynamite sticks two blocks from a government palace guarded by troops and assault vehicles.
17-09-03 A crowd estimated by organizers to number 20,000 gathered to protest plans to export some of Bolivia's massive reserves of natural gas. The rally marked the culmination of two separate marches to La Paz by groups opposed to the initiative.
Some 5,000 peasants and union activists arrived at the government palace from the area of Lake Titicaca, the stronghold of agrarian leader Felipe Quispe Huanca, and the town of Caracollo, respectively. The two groups met in a town just outside of La Paz and entered the capital separately to hold a joint rally at a downtown square, causing a huge traffic jam.
Peasant leader Rufo Calle said the march was aimed at "making the administration see that the Bolivian people do not want (authorities) to carry out the export of (natural) gas." The natural gas project, coordinated by the Pacific LNG consortium, hopes to reach an agreement with a US firm so that the government of landlocked Bolivia will choose a port in Peru or Chile from which to ship the fuel north.