After Morales’ Resignation, Bolivia Teeters on the Edge as Repression Rises

A supporter of former President Evo Morales holds a Wiphala flag, an emblem of the indigenous people of the Andes region, in front of soldiers blocking a street in downtown La Paz, Bolivia, Nov. 15, 2019 (AP photo by Natacha Pisarenko).
A supporter of former President Evo Morales holds a Wiphala flag, an emblem of the indigenous people of the Andes region, in front of soldiers blocking a street in downtown La Paz, Bolivia, Nov. 15, 2019 (AP photo by Natacha Pisarenko).

LA PAZ, Bolivia—Since the head of Bolivia’s armed forces “suggested” to Evo Morales that he resign the presidency on Nov. 10, following contested elections in October that were marred by allegations of fraud, Bolivia has been in a tense limbo. Two days after the military’s nudge, Morales arrived in Mexico, where authorities had granted him political asylum. In La Paz, the conservative vice president of the Senate, Jeanine Anez, declared herself his replacement. Street clashes and crackdowns on protesters have escalated since then. Can the new government, which insists it is only transitional while acting otherwise, establish its legitimacy and […]

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