Is Bolivia’s Caretaker Government Overstepping Its Mandate?

Bolivia’s interim president, Jeanine Anez, arrives to administer the oath of office to the new military hierarchy at the presidential palace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Nov. 13, 2019 (AP photo by Juan Karita).
Bolivia’s interim president, Jeanine Anez, arrives to administer the oath of office to the new military hierarchy at the presidential palace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Nov. 13, 2019 (AP photo by Juan Karita).

For an interim president charged with overseeing Bolivia until new elections can be organized later this year, Jeanine Anez has acted like anything but the head of a caretaker government. Anez ascended to power unexpectedly last November following the ouster of then-President Evo Morales, who resigned at the “suggestion” of the country’s military amid a disputed election. Although she hails from a political party that managed to win a meager 4 percent of the popular vote in that October ballot, the right-wing former senator entered the presidential palace claiming a much bigger mandate. Flanked by two other outspoken opposition leaders, […]

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