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Bolivia’s Interim President Will Call Elections in Coming Hours

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7Dnews London

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 17:08 GMT

Bolivia's interim president Jeanine Anez said on Wednesday November 20th, she will call elections in the coming hours, AFP reported.

"God willing, today, in the morning, we will call elections as the entire country is demanding," Anez told reporters.  

This decision came after serious unrest erupted in Bolivia following the resignation of Evo Morales, the country's first indigenous president, accused of falsifying the results of the October 20th ballot to gain re-election.  

In a statement, Anez said "We have developed a basic bill. It can probably be corrected, agreed upon, enriched by all the sectors that are involved with the aim of pacifying the country and choosing our rulers."

Meanwhile, Bolivian lawmakers meet later on Wednesday to try and agree a path to new elections, after street violence that has killed 30 people since the October vote. 

The former deputy speaker of the Senate, 52-year-old Jeanine Anez, declared herself the country's interim president last week, filling a vacuum left by the resignations of Morales, and several ministers. 

Morales resigned on November 10th under pressure from protesters, civil groups, security forces and allies, as well as an international audit which found serious irregularities in the election count. He then fled to Mexico after losing the support of the security forces.  

The total number of deaths in the post-election unrest has risen to 30, according to Bolivia’s official human rights ombudsman.  


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