Police and protesters clashed on Monday, November 18, in Cochabamba following a day of protests in which Morales supporters called for the resignation of the de facto government. Several groups continue to claim that police and military have targeted indigenous people despite their mobilizing peacefully.
Former President Morales has communicated that he intends on returning to the country on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 to finish his mandate as president. This has been met with a mixed reaction, notably between interim President Jeanine Áñez's party and Morales' MAS party.
Protests led by indigenous groups are expected to continue on a daily basis throughout Bolivia. A heightened security presence is to be expected over the next several days.
On November 14, interim president, Jeanine Áñez, reportedly reached an agreement with lawmakers to hold new presidential elections. A specific date for the vote has not been announced, but under the constitution the interim president has 90 days to hold an election.
The US Department of State asked family members of government employees to leave Bolivia on November 12 due to the ongoing uncertainty. It also warned American citizens against traveling to Bolivia and said the US government had limited ability to provide emergency services.
Former President Morales resigned on November 10, following weeks of protests organized by opposition political organizations. Tensions have been high in the country since the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Bolivia (TSE) halted its provisionary vote count on October 20 after 83 percent of the ballot was completed. Initial results indicated that President Evo Morales was short of securing the 10-percentage point lead needed to prevent a runoff election. However, on October 21, the TSE updated the count, indicating that President Evo Morales secured 47.08 percent of the vote against his primary rival Carlos Mesa, who received 35.51 percent, preventing a runoff. Political opposition supporters are accusing the TSE of manipulating the vote in favor of Morales.
Individuals are advised to avoid traveling to La Paz until the situation normalizes.
Travelers in La Paz and across Bolivia are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations due to the risk of violence, prepare for disruptions to transportation and business in demonstration- and strike-affected areas, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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