Will announce transparent elections soon: Bolivia's interim president Jeanine Anez

WION Web Team La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia Nov 18, 2019, 08.17 AM(IST)

Bolivia's interim president Jeanine Anez Photograph:( AFP )

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Anez, 52, was selected to take over as interim president, a move backed by the country's Constitutional Court. 

Bolivia's interim president Jeanine Anez said on Sunday that "transparent elections" will be held soon as violent demonstration post-Morales seem to slow.

"Very soon we will announce news regarding our main mandate: calling transparent elections," Jeanine Anez said while adding that it would help to "recovery of our country's democratic credibility." 

Anez, 52, was selected to take over as interim president, a move backed by the country's Constitutional Court. The US administration last week recognised Anez as the country's leader even as Morales began his life in exile. Russia too recognised Anez as the new leader and backed her bid to hold elections in the country.

Anez had promised to hold elections in the "shortest possible time" while naming a cabinet. After violent protests for nearly a month, Interior Minister Arturo Murillo said the number of trouble spots is "down by half. At least 23 people have died in clashes since the controversial October 20 elections which proclaimed victory. Brazil, Colombia, Britain and Germany have also recognised Anez. 

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On Friday, members of  Morales' Movement for Socialism (MAS) party had met with government officials in a bid to hold elections in the country as soon as possible.

MAS party leader Mónica Eva Copa Murga had said that the aim was "to pacify our country and above all to defend democracy".

Let's get rid of colours, of radical positions, what our country is looking for right now is peace," she asserted.

Despite government assurances, the United Nations warned on Saturday that violence in Bolivia could "spin out of control" as the country grapples with food and fuel shortages. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned largescale violence could hamper democracy in the country.

"I am concerned that the situation in Bolivia could spin out of control if the authorities do not handle it ... with full respect for human rights," Bachelet said.

Clashes and demonstrations have continued in capital La Paz even as Anez has assured the country of elections. Pro-Morales protesters blocked highways including the Sanketa refinery near El Alto which supplies natural gas to the country.