Evo Morales in Mexico, appointment of interim president

The president resigned Sunday after being abandoned by the army. A climate of violence has settled in the country, the police feels "overwhelmed" by the situation.

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A supporter of Evo Morales faces the police in La Paz on 12 November. Natacha Pisarenko / AP

Former Bolivian president Evo Morales arrived in Mexico on Tuesday (November 12th), where he obtained political asylum while he said he was threatened in his country, while the Senate in La Paz must appoint the head of state. acting.

" The struggle continues "promised Morales, black pants and sky-blue polo shirt when he arrived in Mexico, saying he would not stop " do politics ". "All peoples have the right to liberate themselves", he said, after thanking Mexico City for having " save the life ". He was accompanied by former Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and former Minister of Health Gabriela Montaño.

Evo Morales resigned Sunday after being abandoned by the army. "It hurts me to leave the country for political reasons, but (…) I will come back soon with more strength and energy ", he said again. The head of state found himself increasingly isolated while the political crisis suddenly accelerated in Bolivia, where general strike and demonstrations paralyzed the activity for a dozen days.

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  • Who to occupy the interim presidency?

In the wake of the Socialist President, also resigned the successors provided by the Constitution in the event of departure of the Head of State, namely Alvaro Garcia Linera, the President and Vice-President of the Senate and the President of the Chamber of Deputies, resulting in a vacancy of power.

It is therefore the second vice-president of the Senate, Jeanine Añez, who claimed the interim presidency, saying Tuesday hope to be appointed by the upper house, where supporters of Evo Morales are in the majority (19 of 36 seats).

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"We can not be without government", said the 52-year-old opposition senator, who announced Monday her intention to "Call elections" to get "A president elected on January 22". Before the crisis, it is at this date that the taking of office of the next Head of State was to intervene. Jeanine Añez must call a presidential election within ninety days of the resignation of the head of state, according to the Constitution.

  • Violence in the streets, the police "outdated"

In the streets, when a climate of violence has set in, the police, considering themselves "Outdated" by the situation, asked on Monday the help of the army, who agreed to provide it. Police were deployed in La Paz, while a group of Evo Morales supporters concentrated on San Francisco Square, just a few blocks from Parliament, according to local media and Agence France- hurry.

On Sunday night, thousands of Bolivians swept the streets to celebrate the departure of Evo Morales after the wave of protests in which three people were killed and 383 wounded. The Organization of American States (OAS) is due to hold a meeting on the situation in Bolivia on Tuesday in Washington.


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