BOLIVIA: The ghost of Morales conitnues to cast a long shadow
GEO´ Newsdesk Team
City of London Newsroom
The ghost of unseated president, Evo Morales continues to cast a long shadow over Bolivia even with the ex-president himself literally thousands of miles away in Mexico City where he took refuge after his recent unceremonious ousting as president.
Hoards of loyal supporters sporting colorful flags and banners marched in the Bolivian capital, La Paz, while his party’s grandee´s moved to unseat Jeanine Anez, the Senate vice-president who assumed the mantle from Morales in what many believe was little more than a political coup.
Bolivian security authorities clashed on the capitals streets with Maduro groupies with tear gas and baton rounds after they came under attack from the posse who went on to light fires across the city.
Incumbent president, Anez, called for “elections as soon as possible” and denied a coup had taken place against leftist leader and newly-exiled Morales, who yeaterday hinted that he is planning to return to Bolivia.
Anez, who has already overhauled some of Morales’ policies, faces a challenge from lawmakers of Morales’ Movement for Socialism (MAS) party, who have a majority in parliament and have threatened a rival session to nullify her presidency.
Morales’ 14-year socialist rule ended in violent protests and recriminations after rising pressure over accusations of vote rigging in the Oct. 20 election.“If my people ask, we’re ready to go back. We’ll return sooner or later … to pacify Bolivia,” he said at a news conference in Mexico City yesterday [Wednesday, 13 November, 2019]
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