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ARGENTINA | 13-11-2019 17:41

Argentine government 'doesn't recognise' Añez as Bolivia's president

Jeanine Añez declared herself interim president of the crisis-torn Andean country even though she lacked quorum in the Senate, just hours after Evo Morales flew off to self-exile in Mexico. 

Mauricio Macri's government doesn't recognise Bolivian senator Jeanine Áñez as president of Bolivia, after she proclaimed herself Evo Morales' successor without debate. 

Añez declared herself interim president of the crisis-torn Andean country even though she lacked quorum in the Senate, just hours after Evo Morales flew off to self-exile in Mexico. Morales' party boycotted the session and Añez wasn't sworn in by anyone before appearing on a balcony of the old presidential palace wearing the presidential sash.

Sources from inside the Argentine government who spoke with the Noticias Argentinas news agency said Wednesday they consider the senator to be a "a recommendation during this critical situation of an institutional vacuum that now exits," but she's not the "president" of the country.

The Argentine government said that "to be designated and recognised as provisional president, ratification by the Legislative Assembly is relevant," but with the correct amount of votes.

Not the way it was done Tuesday without debate, it added. 

--NA/TIMES

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