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Former Bolivian President Jeanine Áñez sentenced over ‘coup’

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Former Bolivian President Jeanine Áñez has been sentenced to 10 years in jail over what prosecutors say was a coup to oust her predecessor Evo Morales. Áñez held the office from 2019 to 2020, during which she was accused of making "decisions contrary to the constitution".

Jeanine Áñez, however, denies the accusations and said she is the victim of a political vendetta. Mr Morales quit and fled Bolivia after the chief of the army urged him to step down amid protests over allegations of vote rigging.

The 54 years old former President was convicted on Friday by the court in La Paz. The court said she would serve her term in a women's prison in the city. Áñez denounced what she describes as political persecution by Mr Morales' Mas Socialist party.

Mas Socialist party won a landslide victory in presidential and congressional elections in 2020, paving the way for Mr Morales to return to Bolivia from Argentina and take over the party leadership. His colleague Luis Arce was elected president.

After Friday's verdict, Áñez's defence said she would appeal to international organizations to seek justice.

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