Law to al­low elec­tions without Mo­rales

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Bolivia’s Congress ap­proved a bill on Sat­ur­day that opens the door to new elec­tions without for­mer pres­i­dent Evo Mo­rales, as the care­taker gov­ern­ment met pro­test­ers to end weeks of un­rest. At least 32 peo­ple have been killed in vi­o­lence that erupted af­ter a dis­puted elec­tion on Oc­to­ber 20. Both houses voted in favour of the pro­posal that will be sent to in­terim Pres­i­dent Jea­nine Anez, who is ex­pected to sign the bill into law. Among other things, the bill an­nuls the re­sults of the Oc­to­ber 20 vote and al­lows for new elec­tions. It bars can­di­dates who served in the two pre­vi­ous terms from seek­ing re-elec­tion for the same po­si­tion. That would pre­vent Mr Mo­rales from con­test­ing the pres­i­dency in the new bal­lot.

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