Bolivia Senate Leader Jeanine Añez Declares Herself President
On Sunday, Bolivian President Evo Morales stepped down from office after weeks of protests, following advice from Bolivia’s military chief. The protests originated after a Morales was elected to a fourth term. Morales was one of the last Latin American leftist leaders, creating the Movement for Socialism party in 1998. Jeanine Añez, leader of the Senate during the interim in which Bolivia had no formal leadership, declared herself president on Tuesday.
Hundreds of socialist party members have since protested Añez’s claim to presidency, calling it a Washington-backed coup d’etat. Morales landed in Mexico, where he is to be granted asylum, as socialists in Venezuela marched in the streets to show support for the former president.