Bolivia expels USAID for 'conspiring' against the country

Some commentators claim that the expulsion is in protest of US Secretary of State John Kerry's recent remark in which he called Latin America the 'backyard' of the US.

Bolivia expels USAID for 'conspiring' against the country

World Bulletin / News Desk

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is set to be expelled from Bolivia after Bolivian President Evo Morales accused it of conspiring against his country.

"There is no lack of US institutions which continue to conspire against our people and especially the national government, which is why we're going to take the opportunity to announce on this May Day that we've decided to expel USAID," Morales said at a rally in La Paz.

In the past, Evo Morales had made threats against the agency, accusing them of manipulating union leaders. Some commentators claim that the expulsion is in protest of US Secretary of State John Kerry's recent remark in which he called Latin America the 'backyard' of the US.

Saying that it deeply regretted Morales' decision, USAID said in a statement that "Those who will be most hurt by the Bolivian government's decision are the Bolivian citizens who have benefited from our collaborative work on education, agriculture, health, alternative development, and the environment."

US state department spokesman Patrick Ventrell, also rejected the claims against the agency, which had been working in Bolivia for almost 50 years, calling them "baseless and unfounded".

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