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Bolivia Crisis: Morales' fall as supporters of temporary administration



  Security forces clash with supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales during a protest in La Paz on November 13, 2019 copyright
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Clashes broke out between protesters and security forces in La Paz

Clashes erupt again in Bolivia as supporters of former President Evo Morales oppose the administration of the new interim leader.

Opposition senator Jeanine Áñez is claiming the presidency amid a power vacuum and promises that elections will be held soon. 1

9659007] Mr. Morales resigned on Sunday and has since fled to Mexico.

His resignation followed weeks of protests over a disputed presidential election. He said he was forced to stand up but wholeheartedly did so "so there's no more bloodshed".

Ms Áñez's appointment as interim chief is upheld by the Constitutional Court of Justice.

What happened to the clashes? [19659013] Riot police broke down in tear gas during clashes on Wednesday with supporters of Mr. Morales, who marched to the presidential palace in La Paz to protest against Ms Msez's appointment.

Some demonstrators used wooden boards and sheets of metal as weapons.

There are chants of "Today, civil war", the Associated Press reports.

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Protests have also been reported elsewhere, including the La Paz sibling city of El Alto and the coca-growing region of El Chapare.

The latest demonstration came as lawmakers loyal to Mr. Morales sought to challenge Ms Áñez's legitimacy.

They encircled a session of congress called to formalize his claim to the presidency, limiting a quorum.

Ever since they tried. to perform new counter sessions.

Police reported several lawmakers allied with Mr. Morales to enter the country's parliament on Wednesday.

How did Jeanine Áñez become leader?

Ms Áñez, 52, is a qualified lawyer and a fierce critic of Mr. Morales. He is a former director of Totalvision TV, and has been a senator since 2010, representing the Beni region of the National Assembly.

As the deputy head of the Senate, Ms. Áñez took temporary control of the body Tuesday after Bolivia's deputies. -resident and the leaders of the senate and lower house resigned.

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Jeanine Áñez announces her own interim president in support of the Constitutional Court

That put him in line for the presidency under the constitution.

Ms Áñez again stated on Wednesday that she wanted to hold an election soon and denied that there had been a coup against Mr. Morales.

He also sworn in to new commanders in all branches of the military.

The US recognizes him as the leader, allegedly seeking cooperation with the Bolivian interim administration.


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