Former interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Añez, targeted by an arrest warrant for “Sedition” and “Terrorism”, was arrested on Saturday as part of the investigation into an alleged coup against former head of state Evo Morales, whom she replaced after his resignation in 2019, in the midst of an electoral crisis. He was then running for a fourth term.
A vacancy in power
Former right-wing senator, almost unknown until then, this 53-year-old lawyer by training proclaimed interim president of the Andean country on November 12, 2019.
Second vice-president of the Senate until then, Jeanine Añez had taken office, Bible in hand and girded with the presidential sash, thanks to a vacancy in power caused by the chain resignations of the constitutional successors of Evo Morales . An ascent that the resigning president had described as ” most astute and most heinous coup in history “.
Evo Morales calls for an investigation
The former leftist leader, who was, from 2006 to 2019, the first indigenous president of the country, calls for an investigation and sanctions against those responsible for this “coup”. “For justice and truth, for the 36 dead, the more than 800 injured and the 1,500 people illegally arrested during the coup. That the authors and accomplices of the dictatorship which […] undermined life and democracy in Bolivia ”, Evo Morales said on Twitter.
The investigation opened by the prosecution follows a complaint filed in December by a former member of the party of Evo Morales, accusing in particular the former president she left power in 2020 – of having overthrown the former leader of the socialist state. Jeanine Añez is not the only one to have been arrested, the arrest warrant relating to several other ministers of the interim government. “The political persecution has started” she hammered, denouncing revenge and manipulation.
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Investigators from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) are currently in Bolivia to investigate the violence that accompanied the departure of Evo Morales, in 2019. Refugee, after his dismissal, in Mexico and then in Argentina, Evo Morales had returned to his country after the victory of his dolphin Luis Arce in the presidential election of October 2020.