UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Bolivia’s interim president, Jenin Anis, said on Friday she would run in the upcoming elections to be held as a repeat of the October polls, which have sparked protests and prompted ex-president Evo Morales to resign.
Anis, a former senator, assumed the presidency in November by activating a constitutional clause stating that she is the next to rule the country after Morales, his deputy and other members of his Socialist party resigned.
Agnès announced her candidacy during a gathering of her party in La Paz despite her previous indication that she would not run, saying that she wanted to help unify the divided voters and a country that the recent political turmoil has severely divided.
“The dispersion of votes and candidates who failed to bring the Bolivians together prompted me to make this decision,” she said during a gathering of her Social Democratic Party.
“We respect the decision of those who have not yet joined and give them my hand and assure them that the door is still open to join this broad and diversified front that seeks to work for everyone.” Anees, 52, was a TV presenter and lawyer before she switched to politics and she is a strong critic of Morales. The former president, in turn, criticized the Anais administration for allegedly excessive use of military force and harming the rights of the country’s indigenous people.
Anees previously said that her candidacy would not be right. She told Reuters this month that she was focusing on uniting the divided and divided opposition to Morales. Although Morales will not run, he directs his party’s campaign.
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