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 Bolivian prosecutors said Monday they would seek a 15 year prison term for former President Jeanine Anez who is on trial for an alleged plot dismissed as fictitious by many to oust her rival and predecessor Evo Morales ez 54 has been in preventive detention since March 2021 and denounces what she calls political persecution She was arrested just a few months after handing over the presidential reins she had held in an interim capacity to elected leader Luis Arce a Morales prot g ez faces charges in two trials including a criminal case that she attended by videoconference from her cell on Monday for breach of duty and making resolutions contrary to the Constitution when she was a senator before becoming president In this case Attorney General Juan Lanchipa said at a press conference on Monday that he will seek a 15 year prison sentence In a separate case pending before lawmakers ez faces sedition and other charges related to her brief presidential term The right wing Anez became Bolivia s interim president in November 2019 after Morales who claimed to have won a fourth consecutive term as president fled the country in the face of mass protests against alleged electoral fraud The Organization of American States OAS said at the time that it had found clear evidence of voting irregularities in favor of Morales who had been in power for 14 years Many of those who would have succeeded Morales all members of his MAS party also resigned and fled This left the opposition ez then vice president of the Senate as the highest ranking official on the left The Constitutional Court recognized ez s mandate as interim president but MAS members questioned her legitimacy The elections were held a year later and Arce won With the presidency and congress firmly under MAS control Morales returned to Bolivia in November 2020 ez was arrested in March of the following year accused of irregularly assuming the presidency At the start of her brief presidency ez had called in the police and army to restore order The post electoral conflict caused some 35 deaths according to the Inter American Commission on Human Rights IACHR For this reason ez also faces charges of genocide
Prosecutors to seek 15 years for Bolivian ex-president

Jeanine Anez

Bolivian prosecutors said Monday they would seek a 15-year prison term for former President Jeanine Anez, who is on trial for an alleged plot, dismissed as fictitious by many, to oust her rival and predecessor Evo Morales.

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Áñez, 54, has been in preventive detention since March 2021 and denounces what she calls political persecution.

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Luis Arce

She was arrested just a few months after handing over the presidential reins she had held in an interim capacity to elected leader Luis Arce, a Morales protégé.

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Áñez faces charges in two trials, including a criminal case that she attended by videoconference from her cell on Monday, for “breach of duty” and making resolutions contrary to the Constitution when she was a senator, before becoming president.

Attorney General Juan Lanchipa

In this case, Attorney General Juan Lanchipa said at a press conference on Monday that he will seek a 15-year prison sentence.

In a separate case pending before lawmakers, Áñez faces sedition and other charges related to her brief presidential term.

The right-wing Anez became Bolivia’s interim president in November 2019 after Morales, who claimed to have won a fourth consecutive term as president, fled the country in the face of mass protests against alleged electoral fraud.

Organization of American States

The Organization of American States (OAS) said at the time that it had found clear evidence of voting irregularities in favor of Morales, who had been in power for 14 years.

Many of those who would have succeeded Morales, all members of his MAS party, also resigned and fled. This left the opposition Áñez, then vice president of the Senate, as the highest-ranking official on the left.

Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court recognized Áñez’s mandate as interim president, but MAS members questioned her legitimacy.

Bolivia in November

The elections were held a year later and Arce won. With the presidency and congress firmly under MAS control, Morales returned to Bolivia in November 2020.

Áñez was arrested in March of the following year, accused of irregularly assuming the presidency.

Inter-American Commission

At the start of her brief presidency, Áñez had called in the police and army to restore order. The post-electoral conflict caused some 35 deaths, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

For this reason, Áñez also faces charges of genocide.

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