Boliva to Expel US Development Agents

By: NBC
By: NBC
Bolivia

Bolivia's president Evo Morales waves as he leaves National Congress after delivering a speech to mark the first anniversary of his government in La Paz, Monday, Jan. 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA - Bolivian president Evo Morales announced Wednesday that he has decided to expel the U.S. Agency For International Development from his country. Morales's announcement came at a May Day rally in La Paz, where a tribute was paid to Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president who died of cancer in March.
Morales complained about Secretary of State John Kerry, calling the western hemisphere Washington's "backyard." He then said he is expelling USAID, accusing the organization of seeking to undermine his government. Morales did not give any specifics, but in the past he has accused the agency of funding groups that oppose his policies. In 2008, Morales expelled the U.S. ambassador to Bolivia and Drug Enforcement Agency agents for allegedly inciting the opposition.


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