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Bolivian justice orders the arrest of former president Jeanine Áñez for sedition and terrorism
Jeanine Añez
Jeanine Añez Credit: Gobierno de Bolivia (Public Domain)

Bolivian justice on Friday ordered the arrest of former Bolivian president Jeanine Áñez, accused of sedition (insurrection or incitement to revolt) and terrorism for the events that in November 2019 culminated in Evo Morales' early departure from power.

The orders also cover members of his cabinet of ministers and the Armed Forces summit of the time. The arrests were accelerated by a prosecutor's order, who formally accused all army and police chiefs who publicly asked for Morales' resignation. Authorities suspect that some of those wanted are out of the country.

"Political persecution has started. MAS [Movement for Socialism, party in government] decided to revert to the styles of the dictatorship. A pity because Bolivia does not need dictators, it needs freedom and solutions ", wrote former president Áñez in her Twitter account.

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Mass panic at illegal party in Bolivia causes injuries

An illegal party with over a hundred people in the Bolivian city of Quillacollo left dozens of people injured. After the police arrived, the organizers closed and locked the doors, causing a mass panic. According to the mayor, people poured out of the doors like an avalanche.

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UK bans travellers from South America
UK bans travellers from South America
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The UK has banned people who are from or have travelled through Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela in the last 10 days. The ban will come into force from Friday and is due to a new variant identified in Brazil. British, Irish and foreign nations may enter the country but must isolate for 10 days.

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Bolivia recognizes the first same-sex union
Bolivia recognizes the first same-sex union
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Bolivia's Civic Registration Service (Sereci) has for the first time recognised the "free union" between two people of the same sex in the country, following a long legal battle between the couple, according to a resolution made public on Friday.

Sereci decided to "arrange for the registration of the free union between David Víctor Aruquipa Pérez and Guido Alvaro Montaño Durán", according to this document which cancels another resolution adopted by the same institution in 2018. The deputy of the right-wing party Creemos Samantha Nogales also said that this is an issue that will be evaluated, but that "it is fundamental to understand that human rights move forward and not backward and that in this case, we can show that Bolivians are all equal before the law."

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Luis Arce was sworn in as Bolivia's president
Luis Arce was sworn in as Bolivia's president

With his right hand on his chest, Luis Arce was sworn in on Sunday in the presence of leaders and representatives of states in the region. In his career, he was a civil servant at the Central Bank, taught at university and was Minister of Economy during the government of Evo Morales. The inauguration was made effective despite requests, such as from the Committee for Santa Cruz, that Arce did not take over while an audit of the electoral process is being carried out.

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Bolivia elections: Exit polls give victory to socialist candidate Luis Arce
Jeanine Añez announces the victory of Luis Arce
Jeanine Añez announces the victory of Luis Arce Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Exit polls show Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) candidate Luis Arce got around 50%, against 30% of the ex-president Luis Mesa. This advantage would give the socialist candidate the victory without the need of a second round. The definitive count is expected on Wednesday.

Interim president Jeanine Añez, who took office after last year's coup, recognized the victory. Luis Arce was the economy minister during the 12 years of Evo Morales presidencies.

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Thousands protest in El Alto, Bolivia, to demand elections on September
Thousands protest in El Alto, Bolivia, to demand elections on September
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Thousands of Bolivians, from different parts of the country marched this Tuesday in the municipality of El Alto, adjacent to La Paz, against the postponement of the elections ordered last week by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE). Smaller mobilizations were carried out in other cities of the country.

"Elections now", "democracy, yes; dictatorship, no " and "outside Áñez ” were chanted by the protesters called by the Bolivian Workers Central and the Unity Pact, the coalition of unions affiliated to the Movement to Socialism (MAS), the party of former President Evo Morales.

The elections, initially scheduled for September 6, were postponed to October 20 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Bolivia's interim president tests positive for Covid-19
Jeanine Añez
Jeanine Añez Credit: Gobierno de Bolivia (Public Domain)

Jeanine Añez, Bolivia's interim president, tested positive for Covid-19. Several members of her cabinet also confirmed being infected.

On Twitter, Añez announced she had contracted the virus and that she would be quarantining: "I have tested positive for Covid19, I am fine, I will work from my isolation. Together, let's get ahead.".

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Bolivian orchestra finally going home after months in Germany
Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos
Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos Credit: OEIN (Reproduction)

Musicians of the Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos plan to go back to Bolivia after being stranded for about 80 days in the Rheinsberg Palace, a castle in Germany.

The orchestra had arrived in Germany on March 10 to perform at a music festival, but their three planned performances were cancelled in the days that followed, and as Bolivia's government announced it would close its borders, the orchestra scrambled to get home but failed.

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Bolivian health minister arrested for suspected corruption

The police arrested Bolivia's Health Minister Marcelo Navajas in La Paz due to the over-priced purchase of coronavirus ventilators.

Bolivia bought 179 ventilators from a manufacturer in Spain for $27,683 each, costing almost $5 million, a purchase funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, later transpired that the manufacturer was offering ventilators for around half that price - $10,312-$11,941.

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Bolivian Parliament approves law calling for elections in 90 days
Palacio Nacional de Congreso, La Paz
Palacio Nacional de Congreso, La Paz Credit: Marc Davis (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Bolivia's parliament approved a law Thursday night which establishes that the general elections must occur by August 2. The rerun of the October elections was to be held by May 3 but was postponed due to the mandatory quarantine.