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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

Little-Known Bolivian Politician Leads Turbulent Nation in Transition

  Little-Known Bolivian Politician Leads Turbulent Nation in Transition Suddenly thrust into the Bolivian presidency after former President Evo Morales’s departure in a cloud of irregular elections, Jeanine Añez vows to hold a new vote soon, as turmoil grips the country.Now interim president, she finds herself trying to hold Bolivia together long enough to organize fresh elections, as Mr. Morales, the country’s most powerful political figure, threatens to return after fleeing to Mexico.

Members of Bolivia 's Congress have reached an agreement to pass a bill putting the country on a path to new elections . Many hope the move will ease tensions

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. At least 32 people have been killed in violence that erupted after a disputed election on October 20

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 appoints first ambassador to US in 11 years .
Bolivia appointed its first ambassador to the United States in 11 years on Tuesday, officials said, as the interim government resets the country's foreign policy after the departure of Evo Morales. Walter Oscar Serrate Cuellar has been given the key posting, the foreign ministry announced on Twitter, filling a position left vacant since a diplomatic spat between La Paz and Washington in 2008.

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