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Morales blasts Senator Anez for declaring herself interim president

Bolivian Senator Jeanine Anez earlier declared herself interim president
Former Bolivian President Evo Morales Mikhail Metzel/TASS
Former Bolivian President Evo Morales
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MOSCOW, November 13. /TASS/. /TASS/. The fact that Bolivian Senator Jeanine Anez declared herself interim president represents a coup, former president Evo Morales wrote on his official Twitter account on Tuesday.

"The most treacherous and horrible coup in history took place," Morales said. "The senator from right-wing putschists declared herself chair of the Senate and then interim president, without a quorum of legislators, surrounded by supporters and with the help of the armed forces and police who repress people," he added.

The presidential election in Bolivia was held on October 20. According to the Supreme Electoral Court, incumbent President Evo Morales won in the first round. His main competitor, Carlos Mesa, said that he does not recognize Morales' victory in the first round. After the results of the election were announced, large-scale protests and strikes started across the country.

On November 10, Morales announced his resignation and characterized the situation in the country as a coup. He was earlier asked to leave his post by the country's armed forces, opposition and labor unions. The Mexican authorities granted political asylum to Morales. Morales arrived in Mexico on Tuesday.