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Power struggle in Bolivia: Añez at home vs Morales in exile

Nov. 14, 2019 12:05 AM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Where does the power line stand in crisis-torn Bolivia? Jeanine Añez, the Senate leader who has claimed the interim presidency of the Andean country, seems to have the backing of the police, the military and the Roman Catholic Church. But even in self-exile in Mexico after...

Clashes rock Bolivia as new interim leader challenged

Nov. 13, 2019 11:01 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Renewed clashes rocked Bolivia’s capital Wednesday as the woman who claimed the presidency, a second-tier lawmaker thrust into the post because of a power vacuum, faced challenges to her leadership from supporters of the ousted Evo Morales. A day after Jeanine Añez...

Tensions rise as Bolivia opposition leader claims presidency

Nov. 12, 2019 9:00 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Clashes broke out in the streets of Bolivia's capital Tuesday evening when an opposition leader in the Senate declared herself the country's interim president after Evo Morales fled to Mexico following his surprise weekend resignation. Jeanine Añez claimed the post of Senate...

Morales says he's headed for Mexico as clashes rock Bolivia

Nov. 11, 2019 11:08 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Former Bolivian President Evo Morales said Monday he was headed for Mexico after being granted asylum there, as his supporters and foes clashed on the streets of the capital following his resignation and a tearful opposition leader laid out a possible path toward new elections....

The Latest: Morales says he's leaving Bolivia for Mexico

Nov. 11, 2019 8:43 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Bolivia (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Former Bolivian President Evo Morales has tweeted that he is leaving Bolivia for Mexico, which has granted him asylum. Peruvian authorities said earlier Monday evening that a Mexican government plane had flown...

Bolivia's president resigns amid election-fraud allegations

Nov. 10, 2019 9:58 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — President Evo Morales resigned Sunday under mounting pressure from Bolivia's military and the public after his re-election victory triggered weeks of fraud allegations and deadly protests. The decision came after a day of fast-moving developments, including an offer from Morales to...

New challenge for Bolivian president as police abandon posts

Nov. 9, 2019 11:09 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Police guards outside Bolivia's presidential palace abandoned their posts Saturday, increasing pressure on President Evo Morales as he seeks to curb nationwide unrest after a disputed election. Officers also climbed onto the roof of a nearby police station holding Bolivian flags and...

Dissent spreads in Bolivia's police amid political unrest

Nov. 8, 2019 11:05 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Dissension appeared to be spreading in police forces across Bolivia on Friday as opposing sides in the country's political divide held fast to their positions after 17 days of violent protests over the legitimacy of President Evo Morales' claimed re-election. Defense Minister Javier...

UN office in Bolivia condemns violence in disputed election

Nov. 7, 2019 1:37 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The United Nations on Thursday urged Bolivia's government and opposition to restore "dialogue and peace" after a third person was killed in street clashes that erupted after a disputed presidential election on Oct. 20. Limbert Guzman, a 20-year-old student, died late Wednesday in a...

Bolivian police fight protesters near presidential palace

Nov. 6, 2019 8:22 AM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Police in Bolivia have fought protesters trying to march on the presidential palace following the country's disputed election. Police fired tear gas to push back stone-throwing demonstrators during clashes late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Also Tuesday, backers of Bolivian President...