Bolivia: ex-president Jeanine Añez requests his release for health reasons

Former Bolivian interim president Jeanine Añez, accused of carrying out a coup d’état against her predecessor, filed for health release on Friday while she is serving a four-month preventive sentence in a women’s prison.

Former interim president of Bolivia Jeanine Añez , in power from November 2019 to November 2020, filed through her lawyers, Friday March 19, a request for release to a court in La Paz.

According to the document, which AFP has seen, the request refers to a “hypertensive crisis” and provides copies of medical documents. Justice is due to rule on the request on Friday.

On Wednesday, Jeanine Añez, detained for four months in a women’s prison in the capital, was placed on life support after suffering from decompensation, according to her lawyer.

The former conservative vice-president was arrested on March 14, along with two of her former ministers, as part of an arrest warrant following a complaint for “sedition”, “terrorism” and “conspiracy” filed by a former member of the MAS, the party of her socialist predecessor, Evo Morales.

In November 2019, two days after the resignation of Evo Morales, when she was second conservative vice-president of the Senate, Jeanine Añez was sworn in as interim president in favor of a vacancy caused by the resignations in chain of Evo Morales and his constitutional successors.

Evo Morales had been forced to resign by an uprising, after being proclaimed the winner of the presidential election where he was running for a fourth term, but accused of fraud by the opposition.

After a campaign of demonstrations during which at least 35 people were killed, Evo Morales, released by the police and the army, resigned and took refuge in Mexico and then in Argentina.

The former head of state returned to Bolivia after the election to the presidency of his dolphin, the socialist Luis Arce , in October 2020.

During her arrest, Jeanine Añez denounced “political persecution”.

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