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World Bill for new elections in Bolivia sails through Congress

04:25  24 november  2019
04:25  24 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Bolivian interim leader says Morales can’t run in new vote

  Bolivian interim leader says Morales can’t run in new vote Bolivia’s interim leader said Evo Morales can’t run as a candidate in any new elections, even as the ousted leader contended he is in fact still the president of the Andean country since its Legislative Assembly has yet to accept his resignation. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Bolivia was headed into uncharted territory Friday with lawmakers trying to reach a deal for new elections, protests raging in parts of the country and rival claims to the presidency.

LIMA, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Both chambers of Bolivia's Congress unanimously passed legislation on Saturday to annul the contested Oct. 20 elections and pave the way for a new vote without former president Evo Morales, a breakthrough in the political crisis.

Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Anez speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Bolivia’s Senate on Saturday unanimously approved a measure calling for new presidential elections that would exclude ousted leader Evo Morales, a key step toward pacifying a nation since an Oct. 20 marred by reported irregularities. (AP Photo/Juan Karita) © AP Photo/Juan Karita Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Anez speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Bolivia’s Senate on Saturday unanimously approved a measure calling for new presidential elections that would exclude ousted leader Evo Morales, a key step toward pacifying a nation since an Oct. 20 marred by reported irregularities. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Interim President Jeanine Anez, a former senator and opponent of Morales, has indicated that she will sign the law so it can go into effect, though it was not clear when.

Passage of the bill comes as anti-government demonstrators lifted road blockades to hold talks with Anez aimed at ending weeks of unrest that have left more than 30 dead in clashes with security forces. (Reporting By Daniel Ramos; Writing By Mitra Taj; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Bolivia's Congress to vote on proposal for new elections: official .
Bolivia's Congress will vote on a proposal Saturday that could open the door to new elections in the crisis-hit country, as the caretaker government prepares to meet with protesters to end weeks of unrest. In a potential breakthrough in the crisis, the government announced late Friday that it would meet with various opposition groups at the presidential palace on Saturday afternoon. They hope to strike an agreement to "pacify the country," Public Works Minister Yerko Nunez told reporters.

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