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12:00 AM, November 16, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:47 AM, November 16, 2019

Bolivia interim president rules out Morales polls bid

Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine Anez on Thursday ruled out exiled leader Evo Morales from standing in new elections as thousands of demonstrators marched through La Paz in support of the socialist icon and against the new, acting leader. Pledging early elections, Anez -- until now a little-known lawmaker -- proclaimed herself acting president on Tuesday after Morales fled the country for Mexico, claiming to fear for his safety amid deadly protests. Her move was validated by the country’s top court. Unrest erupted when Morales -- Bolivia’s first indigenous president -- was accused of rigging the results of October 20 polls to gain re-election for a fourth term.

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