Bolivia’s interim government presented a bill on Wednesday that aims to forge a path to new elections and defuse street violence that has racked the country and killed 32 people since a disputed October vote. The South American country’s two chambers of congress are expected to debate the election bill beginning on Thursday and possibly extending into Friday, which would annul the Oct. 20 poll.
The head of Bolivia’s Senate, Jeanine Anez, took office as interim president on Tuesday as former leader Evo Morales pledged to keep up his political fight from exile in Mexico after resigning in what he has alleged was a coup. A parliamentary session scheduled to formally appoint her was boycotted by lawmakers from Morales’ leftist MAS party, who said it would be illegitimate.
Bolivia’s former president Evo Morales has boarded a plane bound for Mexico where he has been granted asylum, the Mexican foreign minister has announced. Earlier on Monday evening Morales tweeted a farewell after his resignation in the wake of a disputed election, saying that he would be take up the offer of asylum in Mexico but would soon “return with greater strength and energy”.
Bolivian president Evo Morales has resigned amid deepening unrest over allegations of electoral fraud. The announcement came after the country’s military chief called for him to quit. Mr Morales has endured weeks of violent protests since his election victory last month was called into question, with the Organization of American States (OAS) saying there was “clear manipulation” at the polls.
An elections court threw a new wrinkle into Bolivia’s bitterly disputed presidential election on Thursday, ordering a revote in four places because irregularities. The ruling from the Supreme Electoral Court further delayed final results for the election, which was held last Sunday. Early returns suggests that President Evo Morales did not secure enough votes to avoid a runoff, but in the days that followed, he insisted that he had.
Bolivians voted in key elections on Sunday to decide whether to deliver a fourth term to President Evo Morales. Since sweeping to power in 2006 with his Movement to Socialism party, the country’s first indigenous leader has overseen a period of unprecedented political and economic stability. If no candidate gets 40% of the vote with a lead of at least 10 points, the election will go to a second-round runoff on December 15.