Jeanine Añez served as interim president for a year, after Evo Morales was forced out. Other members of her government have reportedly been arrested.
A presidential race that many feared would end in uncertainty or violence concluded quietly, allowing Bolivians to hope that a year of turmoil and threats to democracy may be behind them.
Less than a year after declaring herself president of her turbulent country, Jeanine Añez abandoned her attempt to win official approval from the voters.
The Oct. 18 election may be the country’s best hope to stop its slide into authoritarianism.
Bolivia was mired in political turmoil when the pandemic hit. The response was chaotic. And the surge in deaths that followed was among the worst in the world, according to an analysis by The New York Times.
Six million people have been marooned by 70 roadblocks set up to protest the government’s response to the coronavirus and the postponement of the country’s general election.
The coronavirus is battering Latin American health systems and economies. It is also threatening the region’s fragile political freedoms.