In Bolivia, Interim Leader Sets Conservative, Religious Tone


  • Dites-donc, si ce n’est pas un coup d’extrême-droite, c’est drôlement bien imité…

    She injected Catholicism into government, swearing in her ministers in front of a large Bible and making speeches shadowed by an aide carrying a cross. Her heavy use of Catholic imagery was in sharp contrast to the Indigenous ceremonies held by Mr. Morales in the presidential palace.

    In a country where the vast majority of citizens consider themselves Christian, said Mr. Corrales, the analyst, Ms. Añez has turned to Bolivia’s conservative religious groups for support to mask her lack of a popular mandate.

    Ms. Añez’s close ally, Luis Fernando Camacho, on Wednesday held a political rally at which another speaker shouted disparaging references to the Indigenous culture that Mr. Morales championed: “We have tied all the demons of the witchery and thrust them into the abyss. Satans, get out of Bolivia now.”


    On Thursday, Ms. Añez issued a presidential decree exempting the military from criminal prosecution when maintaining public order. The following day, police cracked down with lethal force on the protesters in Cochabamba.

    The new interior minister, the right-wing Senator Arturo Murillo, began by promising to hunt down Mr. Morales’s top former minister, Juan Ramón Quintana, who has gone into hiding.

    “We’re going to go hunting for Juan Ramón Quintana,” said Mr. Murillo, “because he is an animal that feeds on the blood of the people.”


    The new communication minister, Roxana Lizárraga, is a radical commentator who often railed against Mr. Morales’s government. On Thursday, she threatened to persecute journalists who are “involved in sedition,” adding that she already has a list of troublesome members of the media.