Morales Left Because He Dared Not Answer Bolivia

La Paz, Nov 13 (EFE) .- Opposition Senator Jeanine Áñez, who on Tuesday assumed the interim Presidency of Bolivia, said that Evo Morales, now as an asylee in Mexico, "left because he dared not" to respond to the country.

'President Morales left because he wanted to, because he did not dare to respond to the country, that was a cowardly act … He is now in Mexico wanting to see himself as a victim and wanting to deceive the whole world by saying that what happened in Bolivia it was a blow, 'said Ánez in an interview with CNN in Spanish, the first one he offers after assuming the Presidency.

To Morales's complaint that "the most artful and disastrous coup in history" has taken place, Áñez said that all that is "as false as the elections were false" on October 20, of which the former president was the winner, between allegations of fraud that unleashed a wave of violence that left 8 dead and about 500 injured.

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The new president reiterated that 'what has happened is a succession' and that she is 'occupying the position that corresponds to her', and in that sense after a meeting with the military command she was recognized as president of Bolivia.

He stressed that he acted as established in the Constitution and assumed the interim Presidency because 'there could be no absence of the State' in the face of acts of 'vandalism in the street'.

'The demand of society was to pacify Bolivia. We could not be indifferent to the situation that Evo Morales left us. '

As Bolivian said that 'he continues to feel concern about the situation; that it has information that in Cochabamaba, where Morales is from, very serious events were recorded ', for which he considers that it deserves other special attention.

The 52-year-old lawyer said that a Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) will be formed 'probo with meritorious people who do not have to be accountable to a political party in the most shameful way' and call elections soon.

"This was what the country was looking for pacification, the rule of law, respect for the vote of the citizen with Bolivian and that is the commitment that I have made with my country," he said.

Finally, on Mexico's decision to grant asylum to Morales, he said that 'I hope that Mexicans do not go through these unfortunate situations (…) just because they demand that the vote be respected. Because that's the way the Socialists are, they use democratic mechanisms and then they hold on to power … the democratic institutionality ends, '' he added.

Jeanine Áñez comes to power provisionally in a troubled country, with the military on the streets, eight dead and nearly five hundred injured since the failed elections of October 20, in one of the worst crises in Bolivia's recent history.

EFE

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