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Andean Group - December 2019

Weighing up the role of the armed forces in Morales’ resignation

On 20 October 2019, Bolivian citizens went to the polls to choose their new president, with incumbent Evo Morales, who had been in power since 2006, ultimately declared victorious. Yet three weeks later, amid criticism from the Organisation of American States (OAS) about multiple irregularities in the voting process and widespread violent protests, Morales announced his resignation and fled the country. With him went his vice-president Álvaro García Linera, as well as Chamber of Deputies President Victor Borda and Senate President Adriana Salvatierra, leaving a power vacuum ultimately filled by Jeanine Áñez, an opposition senator for the north-eastern department of Beni, who had been second vice-president of the Senate.

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