Interim Bolivian Officials Threaten to Arrest Opposition MPs for Sedition

Interior Ministry says will publish a list of targeted MPs

Having taking power and secured endorsement from the military, the interim Bolivian government seems set to try to cement its rule by going after MPs loyal to the previous government.

The Interior Ministry says that they are setting up a new “special apparatus of the Prosecutor’s Office” explicitly to crackdown on MPs from the formerly ruling Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) Party. He promised to publish a list of MPs banned from office and subject to arrest for “sedition.”

On top of the threats against the MAS MPs, who are actually the majority party in parliament, the Interim Communications Ministry also issued a statement threatening to arrest any journalists, both Bolivian and foreign, that are believed to be in league with the former government.

After President Morales resigned and fled into exile, Jeanine Anez declared herself interim president unilaterally. She was unable to secure support from the Bolivian Senate, and seems to believe that keeping the largest party out will allow her to retain power going forward.

Author: Jason Ditz

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