the interim government warns Morales and expels Venezuelan diplomats

The ex-president can return to his country since his Mexican exile, but he will have to "answer in court," said Friday the acting head of state.

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Bolivian President Jeanine Añez at a press conference in La Paz on November 15. NATACHA PISARENKO / AP

Former Bolivian president Evo Morales may return to his country since his Mexican exile, but he will have to "Answer to justice" irregularities during the presidential elections of 20 October and"Corruption charges". This was said Friday, November 15 the interim head of state Jeanine Añez.

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"There is an electoral offense and many accusations of corruption in his government", she said, during her first meeting with the foreign press, three days after proclaiming herself acting president. Evo Morales, said Mme Añez, a "More accounts to be rendered".

Mr. Morales "Left of itself", argued Mme Añez. Evo Morales has been living in exile in Mexico since Tuesday, but he assured Wednesday that he was ready to return to Bolivia for "Pacify" his country.

Since the announcement of his resignation Sunday, his supporters are demonstrating daily and clashes are taking place with the police, especially in the capital, La Paz. Clashes erupted in the center of the administrative capital in the afternoon. Some pro-Moral protesters threw stones and all kinds of objects at the police who responded by firing tear gas to try to disperse them.

Previously, several thousand people chanting including "Evo, come back! " and wiping wiphalas, the multicolored indigenous Andean flag, had descended from the nearby town of El Alto to show their anger in the streets of La Paz.

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Main regional allies of Evo Morales

At a protest by supporters of Bolivian President Evo Morales in La Paz on 15 November.
At a protest by supporters of Bolivian President Evo Morales in La Paz on 15 November. RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP

The interim government also announced on Friday that it was going to expel Venezuelan diplomats serving in Bolivia for "Violated the rules of diplomacy" in "Interfering" in his internal affairs. M's first foreign policy decisionme Añez, a 52-year-old right-wing senator, was on Thursday to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as president of Venezuela, turning around the alliance between Evo Morales and socialist president Nicolas Maduro .

Cuba, for its part, denounced the arrest of four of its citizens in Bolivia, accused of "Scurrilous" to fund the protests against the new interim government, and demanded in La Paz their "Immediate release".

"Four members of the El Alto Medical Brigade have been arrested by the police", wrote the Cuban Foreign Ministry. The latter, including two doctors, were arrested Wednesday as they returned home "With the money withdrawn from the bank to pay the rents and bills of the 107 members of the brigade".

Meanwhile, La Paz announced Friday that Havana will repatriate "725 Cuban citizens who fulfill cooperation tasks in different sectors". Cuba and Venezuela were so far the main regional allies of Evo Morales.


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