Bolivia’s New President and Her First Man

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Bolivia’s self-declared new president, Jeanine Anez, has been busy in recent days purging her Twitter page of racist tweets, such as this one:

Not a good look in a country where a large chunk of the population is indigenous and when the first indigenous president, Evo Morales, was just overthrown in a coup. Anez’s chief political partner is Luis Fernando Camacho, the “civic leader” who I wrote about Monday.

On her Twitter profile Anez now describes herself as the “Constitutional President of Bolivia.” Previously she had called herself a “defender of liberty and democracy.”

Anez is married to Hector Hincapie Carvajal, a far right-wing Colombian politician. There’s not a lot about him in the public realm but on his old Twitter page he identified himself as an “Uribista,” a supporter of former president Alvaro Uribe, who is tied to narcos and death squads. (And who is currently facing charges of bribery and fraud.)

Uribe, who was president between 2002 and 2010, has become unpalatable even to parts of Colombia’s traditional right-wing political elite, though one of his proteges, Ivan Duque, is the current president. Hincapie’s Conservative Party was a main supporter of Uribe’s governments and of Duque’s.

Anez’s husband has not proven to be politically marketable. He ran for the senate in 2018 and won just 1,066 votes, or 0.01 percent of the total.

The Conservative Party’s core beliefs are, as listed by Wikipedia:

  • Belief of God being the center of the universe.
  • Belief in private systems.
  • Belief in Fighting Communism and all its ideals.
  • Belief in Tradition.
  • Belief in Free Trade.
  • Belief in an Organized Society
  • Belief in defending family and life before anything.
  • Belief that these are the ideals that will provide a better future for the Colombian Society.

Which sounds pretty close to the views espoused by Anez — who declared last night that the “Bible has returned to the palace” — and her top political supporters in Bolivia.

It’s obvious that not every Bolivian who opposes Morales is right-wing, but the leadership of the coup is from the old oligarchy, no matter how hard the media tries to disguise that by routinely calling Anez a “women’s rights activist” and Camacho a “civic leader.” Anez’s marriage to an ultraconservative Colombian is entirely predictable and shows exactly where her government, if it stands, is headed.

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