Beni’s senator Jeanine Añez assumed the presidency of Bolivia on Tuesday afternoon, after holding the presidency of the Senate due to the resignation of the President and Vice President of this body. The legislator activated the presidential succession established in the Political Constitution of the State.
Evo Morales Ayma yesterday resigned to the Presidency of Bolivia amid the shadow of electoral fraud verified by a preliminary report of the Organization of American States (OAS), after a crisis was unleashed on 20 October by a wave of allegations of irregularities and which yesterday led to a request from the agency to call for new elections.
The Bolivian president, Evo Morales, is to call fresh elections after international monitors identified serious irregularities in the last vote and recommended a new ballot. The announcement comes after weeks of unrest over disputed election results, which escalated over the weekend as police forces joined anti-government protests, and the military said it would not “confront the people” who had taken to the streets.
The Departmental Transport Chamber in La Paz (Cadetran), the El Alto Heavy Transport Association and other transport guilds instructed the closure of the border towns of Tambo Quemado and Desaguadero, in protest for the results of the 20 October elections. The associations represent La Paz’s national and international freight services.
The Permanent Council of the OAS did not align with Bolivia’s Government allegations of “coup d’état” and racism
In 11 days, Bolivia appeared twice before the Permanent Council of the Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS). Last time, this November 4, 2019. Bolivia’s Foreign Minister, Diego Pary, denounced a racist coup but in response he received suggestions for a second round and a comprehensive electoral audit.
The paralysation of State institutions and the closing of borders were some of the determinations of a massive meeting from the regional opposition in Santa Cruz. The president of the Santa Cruz Civic Committee, Luis Fernando Camacho, said that the protest will be pacific but firm.
The helicopter carrying president Evo Morales from the municipality of Colquiri to the city of Oruro, had an emergency land due to a mechanical failure. The Bolivian Air Force (FAB) issued a statement and announced that the Accident Investigation Board will be activated. President Morales was unharmed by the incident.
Regional opposition leader, Luis Fernando Camacho, who was traveling to La Paz to push for President Evo Morales’ resignation reversed course on Tuesday after government supporters staked out an airport threatening his life. Camacho had flown from his base in Santa Cruz to the international airport outside La Paz with a pre-written resignation letter for Morales in an attempt to raise the heat on Bolivia’s long-standing leftist leader. But he said on Twitter in the early hours of Tuesday that he was unable to leave the El Alto airport due to potential threats from Morales supporters waiting outside.
There’s no quick solution on the horizon. After two weeks of the outbreak of the post-election crisis in Bolivia, there are at least three scenarios of solution to the conflict but none seems to gain enough consensus among all sectors. On one hand there is the solution proposed by the Government, which is not shared by either regional conservative leaders or political opposition. Another proposal comes from the civic movement (local civil society assemblies) and the National Democratic Council (Conade), who maintain the mobilizations and see that the only way out is Morales’ resignation, something that is seen as a coup by the government and as an unconsulted move by politicians. The last of the solutions is that of the formal opposition to the Government, headed by Carlos Mesa: to call for new elections with new electoral authorities.
Thousands of people gathered today in La Paz to participate in the National Civic Town Council, in which they demand the resignation of Evo Morales and new elections with a new Electoral Court and without the participation of Morales. They also reject a second round of the past elections and the auditory of the last elections by the OAS.