MADRID, Nov. 17 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The self-proclaimed interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, received this Sunday the EU ambassador in Bolivia, the Spaniard León de la Torre Krais, at the official headquarters of Palacio Quemado.
The meeting seeks to “finalize a series of agreements” to consolidate democracy and promote an electoral process as soon as possible, according to the Bolivian news agency Fides. During the meeting, De la Torre stressed that the auditing of the Organization of American States that led to Evo Morales leaving power “is very clear.”
“It has been a meeting to exchange views on what is happening in the country, offer the cooperation of the European Union for a successful electoral process in Bolivia,” explained the diplomat after the meeting with Áñez.
León de la Torre has specifically mentioned the progress of the dialogue table convened by the Bolivian Episcopal Conference (CEB), supported since its inception by the EU.
“I think the OAS report is very clear. We await Boliva's proposals to see how we can help,” said the diplomat, according to the Bolivian newspaper 'Página Siete'.
On Saturday Áñez already received Jean Arnault, envoy of the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, who has two objectives: to contribute with mechanisms to pacify the country and help the call for general elections.
Arnault has announced that his intention is to contact the political actors and mediators to open a dialogue. “The important thing is to find a peaceful solution to this crisis; that is, the need to put the protection of life above political calculations, the need to hasten the political exit,” he said.
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 .