- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Leftist Bolivian President Evo Morales said Wednesday that he’s giving the boot to the U.S. Agency for International Development for supposedly undermining his government.

This is not the first time the leader has purged U.S. influences from his South American country.

The Associated Press said the leader in 2008 demanded that the U.S. ambassador to Bolivia, as well as several agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, leave.

USAID has been in Bolivia for almost 50 years, BBC reported. Most of the agency’s work focused on counternarcotics.

On Wednesday, the president said to a crowd gathered in La Paz that there was “no lack of U.S. 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,” BBC reported.

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