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Arrest warrant to be issued against Morales

Arrest warrant to be issued against Morales

Interim Bolivian President Jeanine Anez said that an arrest warrant would be issued against former President Evo Morales, accusing him of sedition.

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Bolivia's former President Evo Morales, who had been in power for nearly 14 years and resigned on November 10, will be accused of sedition in an arrest warrant authorities are preparing to issue against him within days.

Juan Evo Morales Ayma served as the President of Bolivia from 2006 to 2019. Widely regarded as the country's first president to come from its indigenous population, his administration focused on the implementation of leftist policies, poverty reduction, and combating the influence of the United and multinational corporations in Bolivia.

On 10 November 2019, after 19 days of civil protests following the disputed election results of October 2019 and the release of a report from the OAS, which alleged irregularities in the electoral process, trade union, the military and the police of Bolivia suggested that president Evo Morales resign. After General Williams Kaliman Romero made the military's request for Morales's resignation public, Morales complied, accompanied by other resignations by high-level politicians throughout the day, some citing fears for the safety of their families. Foreign Minister of Mexico Marcelo Ebrard offered political asylum to Morales the following day; which Morales accepted.

The second vice president of the Senate, opposition senator Jeanine Anez, assumed the role of president on 12 November, being the next in line for the presidency after a vacuum had been left following a string of resignations. This was not without controversy as her initial appointment was made during a brief legislative session that lacked quorum, due to a boycott by Morales's party, Movement or Socialism (MAS). Bolivia's Plurinational Constituonal Tribunal then confirmed Áñez's assumption of the presidency as legitimate and the ruling party returned most members to both chambers, with several assuming key positions such as Leader of the Senate. They have also committed to working with the interim government towards new elections.

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