Bolivia’s opposition leader claims presidency after Morales stepped down
Former Bolivian president Evo Morales announced on Monday that he is leaving Bolivia for Mexico.
Morales was granted asylum by Mexico earlier Monday, one day after he resigned from office.
Clashes broke out in the streets of Bolivia when an opposition leader in the Senate declared herself the country’s interim president after Evo Morales surprise resignation.
Jeanine Añez claimed the post of Senate leader late in the day, a position next in line for the presidency, even though she lacked a quorum because of a boycott by Morales’ Movement for Socialism party.
Afterwards, she appeared on a balcony of the old presidential palace wearing the presidential sash and holding a Bible in her hand.
“My commitment is to return democracy and tranquility to the country,” she said. “They can never again steal our vote.”
Morales stepped down from office on Sunday amid protests and calls within his own government to resign.
The ex-president had recently been re-elected into office but an international elections monitor alleged fraud, sparking violent protests throughout the country.
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