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Bolivia moves toward replacing ousted leader Morales

December 19, 2019 GMT
Bolivia's former President Evo Morales waves during a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Morales flew to Argentina, where the new center-left government said on Dec. 12 that it had granted him political asylum. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Bolivia's former President Evo Morales waves during a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Morales flew to Argentina, where the new center-left government said on Dec. 12 that it had granted him political asylum. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia on Thursday took a step toward elections to replace ousted President Evo Morales as the legislature approved a new tribunal to oversee the vote.

The Legislative Assembly approved six new judges for the Supreme Electoral Tribunal after negotiations between the opposition and Morales’ Movement Toward Socialism party, which dominates the congress.

A seventh member is chosen by the president, in this case interim leader Jeanne Añez.

The date for election of a new president and congress remains to be set.

Morales resigned on Nov. 10 after a wave of protests alleging fraud in elections that would have given him a fourth term in office. Now living in Argentina, Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous leader, says his removal was a coup d’ etat following the loss of support by police and military.

Member of the previous electoral tribunal face charges of involvement in electoral fraud, while the interim government has issued an arrest warrant against Morales on charges of sedition and treason, which he denies.