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The Latest: New Bolivia Leader Rules Morales out of Election

The Latest: New Bolivia Leader Rules Morales out of Election

Thursday, 14 November 2019 01:38 PM

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The Latest on Bolivia’s political confrontation (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Bolivia’s interim leader Jeanine Añez says that former President Morales' political party can participate in a new presidential vote. But she says that Morales will not be allowed to do so.

It’s unclear whether Bolivian election officials would have to formally bar Morales from running in a new election.

Morales resigned at military prompting following massive nationwide protests over alleged fraud in an election last month in which he claimed to have won a fourth term in office. An Organization of American States audit of the vote found widespread irregularities.

Much of the opposition to Morales sprang from his refusal to accept a referendum that would have forbidden him from running for a new term.

11 a.m.

Bolivia’s new interim government has begun winning some international recognition but faces challenges to its legitimacy at home, and it’s lashing out at former President Evo Morales.

Interim President Jeanine Añez is criticizing Mexico’s government for allowing Morales to rally support from his newly granted asylum in Mexico City. She says, “We have to let the Mexican government know that cannot be happening.”

Mexico welcomed Morales this week after he resigned following massive nationwide protests over alleged fraud in an election last month in which he claimed to have won a fourth term in office.

Mexico’s government has referred to the ouster as a coup d’etat, as have other left-leaning administrations in Latin America. But Añez has begun gaining recognition from more conservative governments, including Guatemala and Colombia, as well as the United States and United Kingdom.

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