Bolivia’s interim government accused ousted socialist President Evo Morales Friday of committing terrorism and sedition after he allegedly organized freeway blockades to forestall meals deliveries from reaching some cities.
Performing Inner Minister Arturo Murillo acknowledged the complaint relates to a video in which Morales is supposedly heard in a mobile phone call coordinating the blockades from Mexico, where he’s residing in exile since being ousted in a dispute over Oct. 20 elections.
Murillo acknowledged Bolivia’s government is seeking a most penalty, which is between 15 and 20 years in penal advanced. Morales has acknowledged the video is a “montage” by his opponents.
Morales, 60, resigned on Nov. 10, at the advice of the country’s armed forces. Bolivia has been rocked by protests after Morales proclaimed himself the winner of ultimate month’s presidential election despite credible claims of electoral fraud.
The protests and unrest devour killed 32 of us.
Evo Morales resigned earlier this month (Enzo De Luca/Agencia Boliviana de Informacion by strategy of AP)
The interim government furthermore accused a old vogue minister, Juan Ramón Quintana, of the a associated offenses.
Juan Lanchipa, Bolivia’s authorized professional traditional, confirmed that an investigation into the ex-president and the recording has been launched.
“This audio will seemingly be verified in Argentina, and we’re furthermore asking the telecom company to grunt where the choice comes from,” he acknowledged.
The blockades in Bolivia devour obstructed the free drift of products within the country, especially in La Paz, where the government is found.
Morales acknowledged on Twitter that rather then investigating him, authorities devour to be probing the deaths of the protesters. At protests organized by Morales’ supporters, of us are no longer calling for his return, as an alternative annoying that Interim President Jeanine Áñez be prosecuted after the killings and the use of the armed forces to repress protests.
Earlier on Friday, participants of Morales’ get together and the opposition acknowledged they are nearing an agreement to call new elections that curiously is no longer going to encompass the participation of Morales.
Opposition Sen. Shirley Franco told journalists that neither Morales nor his vp, Álvaro García Linera, will seemingly be allowed to trot. The exclusion is meant to honor the implications of a 2016 referendum that rejected Morales’ list to change the constitution so he would possibly possibly presumably perhaps well look a fourth time duration.
Speaking for himself, and no longer his get together, Aguilar acknowledged Morales would possibly possibly presumably perhaps merely aloof no longer trot within the subsequent election. Efraín Chambi, who is furthermore a member of MAS, acknowledged that “the constitution devour to be adopted.” He expects the final agreement to be bright by Saturday.
The Associated Press contributed to this file.