Sen­a­tor claims Bo­livia’s va­cant pres­i­dency

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A sen­a­tor pro­claimed her­self Bo­livia’s act­ing pres­i­dent on Tues­day to fill the power vac­uum left by the abrupt res­ig­na­tion of Evo Mo­rales, who con­demned the move as a “sneaky coup.” Leg­is­la­tors had been sum­moned to for­malise the res­ig­na­tion and con­firm deputy Se­nate speaker Jea­nine Anez as in­terim pres­i­dent. In­stead, Ms Anez de­clared her­self care­taker leader when the ses­sion failed to reach a quo­rum af­ter many politi­cians stayed away amid block­ades and protests by sup­port­ers of Mr Mo­rales. The Con­sti­tu­tional Court en­dorsed Ms Anez’s ap­point­ment. “We want to call elec­tions as soon as pos­si­ble,” Ms Anez told Congress, where only op­po­nents of Mr Mo­rales were present.

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