After the resignation of Bolivian president Evo Morales, Senator Jeanina Añez declared himself as interim president on Wednesday. Añez is a member of the National Unity (UN) opposition party. Morales submitted his resignation on Sunday after continuing protests against him.
The Bolivian senate met on Wednesday to vote for a new interim president, but there were not enough senators to do this. Members of the Morales party boycott the vote. Yet Añez appointed himself as interim president.
Añez already wanted to take on the task, but would have been thrown aside by her colleagues for fear that she was part of the "coup d'état intended to dispose of Morales". Ãnez is the second vice president of the senate. A group of senators would rather the senate president, Adriana Salvatierra, to become interim president.
President Evo Morales, who resigned, arrived in Mexico on Tuesday evening (Dutch time), where he was given political asylum. Earlier in the day he was picked up from his home country by a Mexican plane, but that plane failed in Paraguay after several Latin American countries had denied him access to their airspace.
Morales resigned after weeks of protests
Morales resigned on Sunday after weeks of protests. The demonstrations began after a controversial election result in October, with Morales claiming the victory. However, the counting of votes was stopped the day before for no reason and Morales was accused of election fraud.
His main political rival Carlos Mesa called on his supporters to protest against the election results. In the days before the resignation of Morales, that protest also received the support of various large police forces.
Morales believes that Mexico saved his life. In his own words, after his resignation, his house was attacked by aggressive groups. An 'illegal' arrest warrant was also issued against him, but the police and the army deny this.
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