Berkan Çelebi writes on how Britain’s involvement in the Bolivian coup was fuelled by an underlying interest in lithium extraction
Former interim president of Bolivia Jeanine Áñez was arrested on Friday (12 March 2021) on charges of “sedition and terrorism” for her role in the 2019 coup d’etat. After socialist president Evo Morales was ousted, Áñez seized the role of interim president with the backing of the police and military as well as the United States. Morales, the first indigenous president in the history of the country, had won the presidential election in 2019 only to be falsely accused of election fraud. The ensuing political turmoil resulted in Morales’ resignation and exile to Argentina.
Bolivia’s Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) announced yesterday (2 June 2020) that the country’s next elections to the Legislative Assembly and the Presidency will be postponed until September. The election was originally due to take place on 3 May 2020 but was postponed indefinitely in March as Bolvia grappled with the COVID-19 lockdown.