The interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, warned this Friday to Evo Morales that he has pending accounts with the justice system and that if he returns to the country he will have to answer for them. In an appearance before the international press, the former senator, who took office last Tuesday without the majority support of Parliament, reiterated that the goal of his provisional government is to call “fair and transparent” elections, but avoided clarifying when they will be held. He didn’t even set a horizon, although the Constitution gives him three months to determine a date.
Áñez assured that, during this transition that Morales and the Movement to Socialism (MAS) qualify at once, there will be no persecution of political adversaries. However, he made it clear that the former president, asylee in Mexico, you will have to assume your responsibilities if you decide to return. “Now it turns out that they are already demanding that he come when no one kicked him out of the country. He left alone […] he knows that he still has pending accounts with the Bolivian justice ”, he affirmed. “If President Morales comes back, let him come back, but he knows that he also has to respond with justice. It turns out that what we are going to demand is that Bolivian justice do its job, not that it carry out a political persecution, which is what we have been suffering for 14 years, judicialization of politics and politicization of justice, ”he added. The former president had assured in an interview with EL PAÍS held in Mexico that he is willing to return and give up being a candidate in order to pacify Bolivia.
The current authorities accuse Morales electoral fraud, which according to his interpretation began in 2013 with attempts to prolong his re-election and culminated in the elections last October 20. They also attribute several acts of corruption to him. Áñez appeared accompanied by four ministers (Economy, Communication, Environment and Health) and indicated that the former president was able to leave the country thanks to a previous negotiation.
Regarding the convocation of elections, the president took refuge in the fact that the procedures face the obstacle of Parliament, which has to choose the new electoral authorities in charge of leading the process. There the MAS, the party that supported the overthrown government, retains the majority. On Thursday night, for example, the Senate held a session that named a new president of the upper house, the socialist Eva Copa. But Áñez said they will challenge that vote.
Despite being an interim government, the Chancellor, Karen Longaric, announced other decisions of political scope. The country broke relations with Venezuela and will request the diplomats of the Government of Nicolás Maduro to leave their territory. In addition, he confirmed the departure of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (Alba). Áñez insisted in his appearance on establishing parallels between Morales’ management, that of Maduro and Nicaragua. This speech has become the mantra of the new Cabinet, which seeks to leave the MAS heritage behind.