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Gideon Long in Caracas

When Jeanine Añez took office as Bolivia’s interim president following Evo Morales’ flight into exile, she vowed to unite the country — but critics of her early actions say she is having the opposite effect.

The 52-year-old conservative senator assumed power as the highest ranking official in the constitutional line of succession once Mr Morales resigned and left for Mexico. As she swore in her new cabinet, she held aloft a huge leather-bound bible — a gesture seen as divisive in a country that, although majority Catholic, has large indigenous communities with other religious beliefs.