Senator declares herself Bolivia’s interim president | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, November 14, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:09 AM, November 14, 2019

Senator declares herself Bolivia’s interim president

A senator proclaimed herself Bolivia’s interim president Tuesday in an effort to fill the power vacuum left by the abrupt resignation of Evo Morales, who immediately condemned the move as a “sneaky coup.” Lawmakers had been summoned to formalize the resignation and confirm deputy Senate speaker Jeanine Anez, 52, as interim president. Instead, Anez declared herself interim president when the session failed to reach a quorum of lawmakers, many staying away amid blockades and continuing protests by Morales supporters. The Constitutional Court later endorsed her appointment. Morales resigned after weeks of violent protests since the controversial October 20 election that saw him win an unconstitutional fourth term.

 

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