MADRID, Nov. 17 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The self-proclaimed interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, has received this Saturday at the Government Palace Ambassador Jean Arnault, the United Nations envoy to mediate in the political crisis that the country is experiencing since the elections of last October 20.
“Starting tomorrow, we will begin to meet a multiplicity of social political actors to discuss the alignments of nonviolence, pacification and the need for an urgent dialogue on the matter, and the need to contribute the best possible way to the desired goal of holding free, transparent elections, “said Arnault, as collected by the Bolivian news agency ABI.
The political crisis in Bolivia broke out after the presidential elections held on October 20. Morales proclaimed his victory while the opposition denounced a “gigantic fraud.” The audit of the Organization of American States (OAS) has confirmed “irregularities.”
Morales resigned on Sunday and arrived in Mexico on Tuesday as a political asylum. Áñez has proclaimed himself interim president to avoid the power vacuum left by the resignation of the indigenous leader and other senior officials, ensuring that his goal is to hold new elections.
The resignation of Morales joined those of other senior officials, including calls to replace him according to the line of succession drawn by the Constitution, so Jeanine Áñez, as second vice president of the Senate, took over the country.
Áñez has promised that only the time necessary to hold new presidential elections will remain in power, although he has clarified that Morales will not be able to compete in them, thus asserting the result of the 2017 referendum, which was reversed by the Constitutional Court .
Morales and his followers have described what happened as a “coup d'etat.” At least 16 people have died during the protests after the elections in the country, nine of them in Cochabamba, two in La Paz, four in Santa Cruz and one in Potosí.