Bolivia’s new leader, religious conservative Jeanine Añez Chavez, faces daunting challenges
By Carmen Sesin
Bolivia’s interim President Jeanine Añez Chavez is facing daunting challenges, including questions at home over her legitimacy, as the political crisis in the polarized Andean country deepens.
Añez, 52, a religious conservative, was second vice president of the Senate and became interim president of South America’s poorest country Tuesday. So far, she seems to have the backing of the country’s institutions, including the military and the police, and has been recognized by the U.S. government, as well as the United Kingdom, Brazil, Colombia and other conservative administrations in Latin America.
But despite the international recognition, she continues to face pressure at home from supporters of former President Evo Morales.
She lashed out against Morales on Thursday and criticized Mexico’s government for allowing him to rally his supporters from Mexico where he was granted asylum.
“We have to let the Mexican government know that cannot be happening,” Añez said.