Bolivians face uncertain future following coup

La Paz - Bolivians are facing an uncertain future on Wednesday after the overthrow through a coup d'état of constitutional president Evo Morales, which accentuates the polarization between the majority indigenous population and right-wing extremist sectors.

Opposition Senator Jeanine Añez on Tuesday declared herself Bolivia's interim president, without the necessary legislative quorum for constitutional succession, since two-thirds of deputies, mainly members of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), were not present due to the lack of guarantee of their safety.

During a session of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly (ALP), Añez received the interim presidential command from the military elite and asked 'all the saints' for the wisdom to lead the country and prepare elections, a date for which is yet to be defined. Several analyzes predict that MAS would not participate in new elections, despite its victory in the October 20 polls.

The Democratic Unity (UD) policy faces a tough road ahead as today marks the deadline issued by the Bolivian Workers' Center (COB) to restore institutionality in the country, while Añez proclaimed herself president without complying with constitutional requirements.

In the absence of a quorum, Añez stressed the need for an immediate response to the power vacuum created by the coup d'état and the subsequent persecution of MAS politicians.

The UD senator provisionally comes to power in a country in turmoil, with troops on the streets, at least eight dead and nearly 5,000 injured since the October 20 elections, in the worst crisis in the recent history of Bolivia.

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