Minister removed over corruption case concerning purchase of medical ventilators from Spanish firm GPA Innova, using IDB funds, officials say.
When assuming the interim presidency on November 12, Jeanine Anez had said she had no intention of standing for the full-time job. But that changed last week when she announced her candidacy for the country's the May 3 presidential election.
The interim government has appointed a US ambassador for the first time in 11 years, and has recognised Venezuela’s President Maduro’s challenger Juan Guaido.
The measure forbids the reelection of anyone who has served the last two terms consecutively as president, effectively ruling out ousted President Evo Morales.
Bolivia's Interior Minister Arturo Murillo said the charges are based on audio in which, from Mexico, Morales allegedly directed plans for road blockades in Bolivia to destabilise the interim government.
Evo Morales resigned on November 10 after a disputed election in October and sought asylum in Mexico.
The announcement comes after the number of people killed in clashes with security forces at a fuel plant near La Paz on Tuesday rose to eight.
Interim interior minister says the number of trouble spots is "down by half," as six coca-growers' unions seek provisional leader Jeanine Anez's resignation "within 48 hours" and fresh elections within 90 days.
A UN envoy met with Bolivia’s interim president as UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has called the deaths “an extremely dangerous development.”
"Repressive actions by the authorities ... are likely to jeopardise any possible avenue for dialogue, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says, as supporters of ousted leader Evo Morales continue to agitate.
Former president Evo Morales' supporters shot dead in clashes between protesters and security forces in central Bolivia's Cochabamba city, AFP news agency reports.
A day after Jeanine Anez took power, she says she has also reached out to Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido and requested him to send an ambassador to La Paz.
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