The president of the United States, Donald Trump, declared his support for the interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, in his mission to "ensure a peaceful democratic transition through free elections."
Through a Twitter message, the president also denounced the violence and those who encourage it "both in Bolivia and from outside" of the country, in a clear allusion to former President Evo Morales.
“We support Jeanine Áñez in Bolivia in her mission to ensure a peaceful democratic transition through free elections. We denounce the ongoing violence and those who provoke it both in Bolivia and from outside. The United States supports the people of the region for peace and democracy, ”Trump wrote on Twitter.RELATED
A few minutes later, Áñez responded through Twitter, in Spanish, the support of the American. “We appreciate the support of the President of the United States, @realDonaldTrump. Our job is to pacify our homeland and call elections, just as the citizens have expressed. ”
In November, before the outbreak of protests in Bolivia that ended with the resignation of Evo Morales after the general elections in October, Washington had already backed the constitution of the interim government headed by Senator Jeanine Áñez.
Donald Trump said at the time that with the departure of Morales "democracy is preserved" in Bolivia and that the episode sent a message to the leaders of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega.
"These events send a strong signal to illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail," Trump said in a statement.
"The acting president of the Senate, Áñez, has assumed the responsibilities of interim president of Bolivia," said the head of Latin America in the State Department, Michael Kozak. He added: "We look forward – he added – work with her and other civil authorities in the country while organizing free and fair elections as soon as possible in accordance with the Constitution.
The crisis broke out after a report by the Organization of American States (OAS) that determined that the Morales Government had interfered in the counting of votes after the general elections held on October 20. Evo Morales decided to leave the country to Mexico, where he remained as a political asylum until last week, when he moved to Argentina, from where he will lead the MAS campaign for next year's elections.
Morales is not allowed to be a candidate.