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In Bolivia, Interim Leader Sets Conservative, Religious Tone

In Bolivia, Interim Leader Sets Conservative, Religious Tone

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The leader, Jeanine Añez, promised to unify a nation in turmoil. But her initial steps, taking the country rightward and injecting religious themes, risk deepening the divide.

A funeral Saturday for the nine farmers killed during a protest in Cochabamba against the newly formed government of Jeanine Añez, who assumed the presidency last week.

A funeral Saturday for the nine farmers killed during a protest in Cochabamba against the newly formed government of Jeanine Añez, who assumed the presidency last week.Credit…Federico Rios for The New York Times

By Anatoly Kurmanaev / The New York Times

LA PAZ, Bolivia — The interim leader of Bolivia took power this week promising to unify a nation in turmoil. But she has since stacked her cabinet with conservative ministers and thrust religion to the forefront of government at the risk of deepening the divides.

The leader, Jeanine Añez, also called on security forces to restore public order and police responded by opening fire Friday on coca farmers protesting against the government in the central city of Cochabamba. The clash left nine protesters dead and dozens injured, the worst violence yet in the country’s monthlong political crisis.

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