Bolivias executive capital clashed again Wednesday, with supporters of President Evo Morales and police protesting against the oppositions interim government leader, jenina Agnes.
Supporters of Morales flock to the streets of the executive capital, La Paz, and the base camp of Morales, El Alto, waving flags. Some people threw stones at riot police, who fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowd. At the same time, military fighters are deterred from flying low.
We will fight together until Morales comes back, said Polina lushup, a supporter. We ask him to come back. He needs to come back to preside over the situation.
Morales, 60, Bolivias first Indian president and the longest serving left-wing leader in South America, resigned on October 10 after losing the support of military and police leaders and arrived in Mexico for political asylum on October 12.
Morales pointed out that his opponent launched a coup, although in Mexico, he promised not to break away from politics and continue to fight.
[Congress does not follow
Agnes, the leader of the interim government elected by the opposition, faces a series of challenges in the Bolivian parliament, where members of the Morales camp occupy two-thirds of the seats.
Morales is pushing forward a new agenda in Congress, challenging Agness successor status. The Agnes side refused to recognize these agendas and designated them as invalid. The confrontation between the two sides added uncertainty to the political situation.
Members of the Morales camp boycotted the plenary session of both houses of Congress convened by Agnes on the evening of the 12th, making the meeting aimed at confirming her successor status less than a majority of participants. However, Agnes still claims succession.
Bolivias Constitutional Court issued a statement on the evening of the 12th, supporting the succession process, but did not explicitly mention Agnes. However, some legal experts believe that from a technical point of view, some succession steps should involve Congress.
Eduardo gamara, a political scholar at Florida International University, told the associated press that Agnes will have a lot of difficulties in the next few months..
Jennifer sear, an associate professor of political science and Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona in the United States, expects that Morales party is unlikely to accept Agnes as a successor and that what will happen in the future is still unclear and extremely worrying.
[uneven road ahead
Agnes is 52 years old. She deliberately kept a distance from Morales after her succession on the evening of the 12th, choosing to appear in the presidents office building instead of the 26 storey presidential office building.
She promised to re-elect the president as soon as possible, but also faced challenges.
According to Bolivias constitution, the presidential election must be held within 90 days after the legal person succeeds the interim president. Several officials, including the president of Bolivias supreme electoral court, were previously arrested by police on suspicion of electoral fraud.
Agnes needs to set up a new election court, select non partisans as members of the election court, and push the Congress to vote on the new election. Agnes set up a new cabinet on the 13th, while replacing the military leaders.
At the international level, the United States, Brazil, Colombia and Guatemala recognized Agnes as a successor. Mauricio Marconi, President of Argentina, who was also the leader of the left-wing political party with Morales, did not publicly express his attitude. However, both houses of Congress condemned Agness self declaration of succession.
On social media twitter, Agnes said she had extended an invitation to Juan guaido, leader of the Venezuelan opposition, to send an ambassador to Bolivia. Venezuelas current ambassador was sent by the Venezuelan government and refused to recognize Agnes. (Tianye) (special draft of Xinhua News Agency)
Source: editor in charge of Xinhuanet: Wang Xuyu b12062