The Bolivian judiciary is taking action under the new left-wing government against arch-conservative short-term President Jeanine Áñez. However, she was not found during the planned arrest.
La Paz (dpa) – In Bolivia, an arrest warrant has been issued against former interim president Jeanine Áñez, according to her own statements. “The political persecution has begun,” the conservative politician wrote on Twitter on Friday.
At the same time, she accused the ruling left party MAS of returning to the “style of dictatorship” in the South American country. In addition, she linked to an arrest warrant for terrorism, sedition and conspiracy, which she claims also affects several ministers in her previous interim government.
Former ministers Álvaro Coimbra (Justice) and Rodrigo Guzmán (Energy) were reportedly arrested in the Beni department and taken to the Forensic Investigation Institute in La Paz to testify. Áñez escaped arrest because she was not found at her home in the city of Trinidad. The newspaper “El Deber” reported speculation that the ex-interim president had left the place in a small plane.
Áñez had become interim president after head of state Evo Morales resigned after the October 2019 elections under pressure from the military. He was charged with electoral fraud. Morales fled abroad, and an interim government led by the arch-conservative politician Áñez took over. The Morales supporters called this a coup d’état. MAS candidate Luis Arce then won a presidential election that was postponed several times in October. This allowed Morales to return from Argentina.
Arrest warrants have been issued in recent days against former Bolivian police commander Yuri Calderón and Williams Kaliman, former commander in chief of the armed forces. Human rights activists criticize the fact that the Bolivian judiciary is repeatedly used by different parties to prosecute political opponents.
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