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Former Bolivian president jailed for 10 years for coup

Former Bolivian president jailed for 10 years for coup

La Paz, Bolivia ( Associated Press) — Former Bolivia interim president Jeanine ez was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison on charges related to her taking office in 2019 amid violent protests that led to the resignation and exile of her predecessor Evo Morales. happened.

ez was convicted by the court of dereliction of duty and acting against the constitution when he declared Morales and his party the president of the coup.

Supporters of ez denied it was a coup, saying that Morales’ alleged abuse of power triggered a legitimate rebellion in the streets. The ouster of Bolivia’s first indigenous president and his vice president created a power vacuum that allowed ez to assume the interim presidency as the second president of the Senate, he claims. The defense said it would appeal against the decision.

“I didn’t lift a finger to be president, but I did what I had to do to pacify the country Morales left on the run,” ez told the prison where he is being held.

Morales stepped down after nationwide protests over suspected vote-rigging in the October 20 election, which he claimed he won to secure a fourth term in office. Morales has denied that there was fraud. 37 people were killed in the protests and Morales was forced to seek refuge in Mexico.

His party, known as its initials in Spanish MAS, returned to power in the 2020 elections, and Morales has since returned to Bolivia.

MAS deputy Juan José Jauregui said the trial sets a “historic precedent” against impunity.

The court also sentenced former armed forces commander Williams Kaliman and former police commander Vladimir Calderon to 10 years in prison. Four other former military chiefs received lesser sentences.

Outside the prison where he was being held, about 50 people put up posters protesting ez.

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