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Gideon Long in Caracas

Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine Añez said on Wednesday she was presenting a draft law to congress to ensure new elections can be held as soon as possible, following a month of violent protests in the wake of the previous vote and the resignation of long-term president Evo Morales.

At a news conference in La Paz, Ms Añez and Álvaro Coimbra, her justice minister, said the draft legislation had three aims: to annul the results of the October 20 vote, to call a fresh election and to name a new electoral tribunal to oversee that vote.

While acknowledging the draft might be modified in parliament, where she has only minority support, she said she hoped the document “forms the basis for a call to new elections, which must be transparent”. Mr Coimbra said a date for the vote would depend on the draft’s passage through parliament.