Bolivia faces a power vacuum amid further chaos after Morales´ resignation

Protesters in Bolivia set up barriers on Monday amid uncertainty over who will lead the country after President Evo Morales announced his resignation on Sunday, without setting a date for new elections.

Bolivia is suffering from a power vacuum, with Morales' deputy Alvaro Garcia resigning to Nera as well, which means Senate President Adriana Salvatera would have been in power, but also the president of the House of Representatives, Bloomberg reported.

It was not clear when the elections would be held, with the president of the Electoral Court, Maria Chuck Quesby, resigning on Sunday after the organizer of the Organization of American States published a report that the October 2 presidential election was marred by serious irregularities.

Several regional polling stations have been destroyed as a result of burned-out attacks, making new elections more difficult.

Bloomberg quoted news reports as saying that Giannin Inez, an opposition senator and vice president of the Senate, was running for the presidency.

In the meantime, the network "Todo Noticias" the occurrence of looting and fires in the capital La Paz overnight, and monitored the presence of a small number of soldiers in the streets.

"We want to protect civilians" from further violence, a young man at a checkpoint told the network.

Morales announced his resignation yesterday, saying his announcement followed calls from the police, the military and the opposition to resign over weeks of unrest and riots against allegations of fraud in the elections, stressing "our great desire is the return of social peace."

The Office of the Prosecutor announced that it would investigate members of the Electoral Tribunal for irregularities in connection with the elections.

This came after the Commander of the Armed Forces of Bolivia, General William Cayman Romero, called on President Morales to step down to ensure peace and security in the country.

The crowd, led by opposition leader Luis Fernando Camacho, had earlier delivered a letter demanding Morales to resign, the El Dipper newspaper reported.

Protests and riots against alleged fraud in the country have killed three people and wounded more than 300.

Morales, 60, is Bolivia's first indigenous president and the longest-serving president, winning three presidential terms from the first round of elections.

 

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