Bolivia disaster: Jeanine Áñez declares herself interim president

Jeanine Áñez gestures in the Senate in La Paz, Bolivia, 12 NovemberPicture copyright
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Jeanine Áñez proclaimed herself interim president


Bolivian opposition senator Jeanine Áñez has declared herself interim president of the South American nation following Evo Morales’ resignation.

Lawmakers from Mr Morales’ celebration boycotted the session, which means there was no quorum for the appointment.


However Ms Áñez mentioned she was subsequent in line below the structure and vowed to carry elections quickly.

Mr Morales condemned the announcement, describing Ms Áñez as “a coup-mongering right-wing senator”.

The previous president has fled to Mexico, saying he requested for asylum there as a result of his life was at risk.

He resigned on Sunday after weeks of protests over a disputed presidential election end result. He has mentioned he had been compelled to face down however had executed so willingly “so there can be no extra bloodshed”.

How did the senator turn into interim president?

Ms Áñez took short-term management of the Senate on Tuesday, placing her subsequent in line for the presidency.

The previous deputy Senate chief assumed the place following a collection of resignations.

The parliamentary session to nominate her was boycotted by lawmakers from Mr Morales’ leftist Motion for Socialism celebration, who mentioned it was illegitimate.

“Earlier than the definitive absence of the president and vp… because the president of the Chamber of Senators, I instantly assume the presidency as foreseen within the constitutional order,” Ms Áñez mentioned to applause from opposition lawmakers.

Bolivia’s highest constitutional courtroom backed her assumption of energy.

Taking to Twitter from Mexico, Mr Morales condemned the “sneakiest, most nefarious coup in historical past”.

How did we get right here?

Mr Morales, a former coca farmer, was first elected in 2006, the nation’s first chief from the indigenous neighborhood.

He gained plaudits for preventing poverty and bettering Bolivia’s financial system however drew controversy by defying constitutional limits to run for a fourth time period in October’s election.

Strain had been rising on him since his slim victory in final month’s vote.

The end result was referred to as into query by the Group of American States, a regional physique, which had discovered “clear manipulation” and referred to as for the end result to be annulled.

In response, Mr Morales agreed to carry recent elections. However his fundamental rival, Carlos Mesa – who got here second within the vote – mentioned Mr Morales mustn’t stand in any new vote.

The chief of the armed forces, Gen Williams Kaliman, then urged Mr Morales to step down within the pursuits of peace and stability.

Saying his resignation, Mr Morales mentioned he had taken the choice with the intention to cease fellow socialist leaders from being “harassed, persecuted and threatened”.

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He fled to Mexico as unrest erupted on the streets of the Bolivian administrative capital, La Paz, with indignant supporters of the socialist chief clashing with safety forces.

After arriving in Mexico Metropolis on Tuesday, he thanked Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whom he credited with saving his life.

“Whereas I’ve life I am going to keep in politics, the combat continues. All of the folks of the world have the proper to free themselves from discrimination and humiliation,” he mentioned.