Who is Evo Morales? More importantly, who is Jeanine Áñez? Morales was the president of Bolivia from the Movement Toward Socialism Party. He was forced out on November 10 in a violent coup. The result has been increasing instability and violence.
Jeanine Anez stepped in as interim president, but the violence continues to deteriorate. There have been some of the worst human rights violations by the military and the police. People with The Guardian write:
‘[C]ondemn the violence in the strongest terms, and call on the US and other foreign governments to immediately cease to recognize and provide any support to this regime. We urge the media to do more to document the mounting human rights abuses being committed by the Bolivian state.’
Of course, Donald Trump would put the full force of the government of the United States behind Jeanine Anez. She stepped into power but was widely known as a racist. Her rapid ascension makes her rise to the presidency “highly questionable.” Someone with access to Trump’s phone sent this tweet out from his account:
‘We support @JeanineAnez in Bolivia as she works to ensure a peaceful democratic transition through free elections. We denounce the ongoing violence and those that provoke it both in Bolivia and from afar. The U.S. stands with the people of the region for peace and democracy!’
The Guardian gives the reasoning for its stand:
‘There are serious doubts about the constitutional legitimacy of her succession. Without the forced resignations by MAS officials, Áñez would not have had even a minimally plausible constitutional path to the presidency, as she was serving as Vice-President of the Senate, a position that is not in the line of presidential succession within the constitution. Additionally, Áñez, whose party received only 4% of the vote in the most recent October 20 election, declared herself President in a Senate session lacking quorum, with MAS senators who make up the legislature’s majority boycotting partly due to fears for their physical safety.’
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