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Bolivia leader says elections will be called soon

 International Desk

 Published: 07:21 PM, 18 November 2019  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Bolivia’s interim president said Sunday she will call new elections soon, as the country struggles with violent unrest a week after the resignation of Evo Morales.

“Very soon we will announce news regarding our main mandate: calling transparent elections,” Jeanine Anez said in a speech at the presidential palace.

She did not give details, saying only that the announcement will seek the “recovery of our country’s democratic credibility.”

Unrest in Bolivia first erupted after Morales the country’s first indigenous president was accused of rigging the results of the October 20 polls to gain reelection.

He resigned last Sunday and fled to Mexico after losing the support of the security forces.

Anez, the 52-year-old former deputy speaker of the Senate, declared herself the country’s interim president on Tuesday, filling a vacuum left by Morales’ departure and the resignations of several ministers.

The government also said Sunday that violent demonstrations roiling the country were slowing. However, rural groups close to Morales demanded Anez’s resignation.