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Jeanine Áñez declares herself interim president

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 13, 2019 12:51

Jeanine Áñez declares herself interim president

Bolivian opposition senator Jeanine Áñez has declared herself interim president of the South American country following Evo Morales’ resignation. Lawmakers from Morales’ party boycotted the session, meaning there was no quorum for the appointment. But Áñez said she was next in line under the constitution and vowed to hold elections soon. Morales condemned the announcement, describing Áñez as “a coup-mongering right-wing senator”.
Meanwhile, Bolivia’s former leader Evo Morales landed in Mexico seeking asylum as security forces back home quelled violence over the long-serving leftist’s resignation and opponents sought an interim replacement to fill the power vacuum. Morales, who quit after weeks of protests over a disputed October election, flew in a Mexican Air Force airplane from the town of Chimore, a stronghold where Bolivia’s first indigenous president retreated as his 14-year rule imploded.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 13, 2019 12:51