Acting Bolivian President Jeanine Anez signed a bill to cancel the results of the presidential election on October 20 and to hold a new General vote. Earlier, it was unanimously approved by both houses of the Bolivian Parliament.
The new bill effectively disqualifies former Bolivian President Evo Morales, who has been at the helm for nearly 14 years, from running in elections.
The signed law also provides for the appointment of new members of the Supreme electoral court in the next 20 days, which will determine the date of the new elections.
Morales resigned on Sunday, November 10, amid weeks of protests in Bolivia over the disputed results of the presidential election. Morales called the events a “civil coup” but said he was leaving for the sake of stability in the country.
The former President is now in Mexico. A few days later, Senator Jeanine Anez of the Bolivian opposition declared herself interim President.
The bill approved by Congress prohibits those candidates who have served two consecutive terms from running for President. Thus, former Bolivian President Evo Morales will not be able to participate in the presidential race.
Anez previously said she would not sign a law providing for the protection of former Bolivian President Evo Morales from criminal prosecution.
“I made a clear and firm decision: I will not sign this law. We cannot afford protection to those who have deceived Bolivians, persecuted them and taunted them,” she said.
The day before, Bolivian Interior Minister Arturo Murillo filed a complaint against Morales with the Prosecutor’s office, accusing the former President of calls for rebellion and terrorism.
Murillo claimed that the authorities have a recording of a conversation between Morales and one of his supporters, in which the former Bolivian leader allegedly gives advice on how to organize a blockade of the capital, La Paz.