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Evo Morales leaves a power vacuum difficult to fill due to political tensions in Bolivia

November 12, 2019

The COB, a union related to Morales, gives 24 hours to the political class to end the acefalia

MADRID, 12 Nov. –

Evo Morales resigned last Sunday as president of Bolivia, after fourteen years at the Burned Palace, leaving a power vacuum that until now has not been filled due to the blows of the political crisis that has been unleashed by the alleged fraud in the presidential elections of last October 20.

According to the Constitution of Bolivia, the vice president or the presidents of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, in this order, are called to replace Morales, but all of them also resigned as a sign of support for the former president, which has plunged the country in an acefalia that makes the solution to the crisis even more difficult.

Evo Morales leaves a power vacuum difficult to fill due to political tensions in BoliviaEvo Morales leaves a power vacuum difficult to fill due to political tensions in Bolivia

Jeanine Añez, as 'number two' of the Senate, declared herself willing to interimly assume the Presidency of Bolivia with the “sole objective” of calling new elections. For this, it is necessary for the Legislature to meet in order to formalize the resignations and appoint substitutes. In addition to Morales, his vice president and the holders of both houses of Parliament, dozens of public offices have resigned these days.

For the session of the Legislative Assembly to be valid, it must have a minimum number of deputies and senators – the quorum -, which makes it imperative for both opposition and official to attend because the latter occupy two thirds of the Congress seats. On Monday, the head of the MAS in Parliament, Sergio Choque, announced that they would go if they were given “broad guarantees” of security for themselves and their families, something Añez promised.

However, Clash announced Tuesday that they will not finally go to the Legislative Assembly. “Without us there is no quorum and this is a position of the entire national MAS bank,” said the official leader in statements to the Reuters news agency.

Añez has confirmed the news in a garment wheel. “We have known, and unfortunately, that somehow they want to boycott the sessions already convened,” he said, regretting that decision, since “parliamentarians of both the ruling party and the opposition” had promised to go.

At the first session, convened at 11.30 (16.30 Spanish peninsular time), only one deputy from the MAS has attended, according to the Fides news agency. So, Añez has scheduled another for 4:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m.). “Most have said they will attend,” he said, although assuming that “there are probably some who want to boycott.”

NO HARD FEELINGS”

“We have a commitment to the Bolivians,” he recalled deputies and senators. “And we want to give him that certainty, we want this afternoon to be elected to the head of the State so that later, as the population stated in the protests, they are called to new general elections that are not fraudulent,” he said.

Subsequently, in a message addressed to the nation, Añez has reiterated his call to deputies and senators to “attend the historic session of the Legislative Assembly that is convened for today at 4:00 pm”, emphasizing that they have the obligation to “return the peace and tranquility to the country and achieve the beginning of reconciliation among all Bolivians. ”

“We are emerging from one of the darkest episodes of our democratic history. Therefore, I ask you to forget hatreds and grudges among Bolivians. There is no racism in Bolivia, so I ask you from now on to join our forces to rebuild democracy. and the Bill of Rights, a task in which there can be no exclusions, “he has implored.

From the MAS, deputy Betty Yañiquez has assured that the official parliamentarians want to go to the Legislative Assembly but cannot do so due to road blockades. Thus, he has again asked the opposition “the broadest guarantees to be able to meet.” “It is public knowledge that the barricades continue,” he said at a press conference.

ULTIMATUM

For its part, the Central Obrera Boliviana (COB), a syndicate related to Morales, has given a 24-hour ultimatum to political leaders to restore constitutional order, according to 'Page Seven'.

“Given the facts of violence and bloodshed, the Bolivian Workers' Central asks the political actors that caused all this chaos and social disorder to restore order in 24 hours,” announced the head of the COB, Juan Carlos Huarachi, in allusion to the opposition.

Huarachi has warned that, “if there is no solution within 24 hours, the COB will be obliged to declare an indefinite general strike and the transfer of all its affiliates to La Paz.”

THE CRISIS

Bolivia is in deep crisis since the presidential elections of October 20. The official results gave Morales the victory, but the opposition candidate Carlos Mesa denounced a “gigantic fraud” of the Government to guarantee a fourth term to the indigenous leader.

Both sides called for the mobilization of their supporters, which resulted in clashes, blockades and looting that have resulted in at least three deaths and hundreds of detainees.

In this context, Morales agreed that the Organization of American States (OAS) conducted an electoral audit that has finally confirmed irregularities. In response, the still president agreed to hold new elections, despite which both the Police and the Armed Forces “suggested” him to resign.

Morales resigned from office on Sunday and Monday night (local time) embarked on a plane to Mexico, where he arrived Tuesday as a political asylum. The former president and his allies denounce a “coup d'etat.”

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