Former interim Bolivian President JeanineAnez is recovering from what media and her lawyer Norka Cuellar called an attempted suicide last week. Anez, 54, is currently in jail awaiting trial for allegedly being involved in a form of manipulation to have former President Evo Morales removed in 2019; Morales left the position under duress and fled the country after weeks of violent protests erupted upon his re-election to an “unconstitutional fourth term.”
Anez took over power in Bolivian from 2019-200; shortly into her term, Anez, ( who was Bolivian second female president after Lidia Gueiler Tejada) faced rumors that she engaged in a political coup, “terrorism,” and sedition after many felt was her role in the deaths of 20 protesters who were said to be supporters of Morales in Bolivian towns of Sacaba and Senkata in 2019. Attorney-general Juan Lanchipa said Anez‘s actions were considered “genocide.”
Director of prisons Juan Carlos Limpias told reporters last week that Anez was doing better, “We can say without a doubt, that her health is stable. At the moment, she is with her family in the penitentiary. The family will be an important factor to help improve her state of mind,”
Anez’s daughter Carolina Ribera said her mother has been suffering from debilitating “severe depression” because of her prolonged imprisonment.
Last week, Anez was taken to a hospital where doctors said she suffers from hypertension and mental health issues. Anez’s daughter Carolina Ribera said her mother has been suffering from debilitating “severe depression” because of her prolonged imprisonment.
Coup involves the seizure and removal of a government and its powers and is considered successful when a person holds the position for seven days at best. Anez has denied the allegations and says she is a victim of political persecution.