Former MAS Senator Adriana Salvatierra voluntarily appeared at the La Paz prosecutor’s office to testify in the event of a coup. On his departure, he said that Jeanine Áñez had illegally assumed the presidency of Bolivia and denied resigning from the Senate to protect her father from legal proceedings.
“In this statement I have recapitulated a number of documents in which I reliably prove that there was a coup in our country in 2019 and that this coup materialized, which Jeanine Áñez accepts in a mock session of the legislative assembly, is illegally taking office as president without following constitutional procedures, “said the former lawmaker. According to prosecutor Omar Mejillones, Salvatierra testified as a witness.
According to a report released by the Bolivian Bishops’ Conference (CEB), both Salvatierra and Rivero refused to accept the presidency of the state in 2019, after the resignation of former President Evo Morales, amid social conflict and after receiving support from the police and Armed forces. However, the two former lawmakers flatly denied the Church’s version.
The former agency also denied that it refused to take over the country’s presidency in 2019 to protect her father, Hugo Salvatierra, who is on trial for the tractor case.
In December 2019, then Senate President Eva Copa announced that Salvatierra had resigned from the constitutional succession in order to prevent a reactivation of the trial against her father.
Copa’s version was ratified by other MAS lawmakers who said the former senator’s statement was public, and she said it in front of a number of congregation members attending that meeting.
After the resignation of former President Evo Morales and former Vice-President Álvaro García Linera, Salvatierra also stepped down from the presidency of the Senate.