Agnès, Jeanine

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July 3, 2022

Jeanine Añez Chavez (Spanish Jeanine Áñez Chávez; born June 13, 1967, Trinidad, Beni, Bolivia) is a Bolivian politician and lawyer. Senator representing the Department of Beni. She became the acting president of Bolivia after the resignation of President Evo Morales, caused by mass protests. Six months after her resignation, in March 2021, she was arrested on charges of a coup.

Career

Agnes was born in Trinidad. Previously she was media director at Totalvision.

Constituent Assembly (2006-2008)

From 2006 to 2008, she served as part of the constituent assembly to draft a new constitutional charter. She was a member of the Constituent Assembly on behalf of the organization and structure of the country, and also worked as part of the judiciary.

Senate (2010-2019)

In 2010, she was elected as a senator for the Bolivian Plan Progress and National Convergence (PNP) party representing the Beni Department in the National Assembly. By 2019, she was the second vice president of the Senate, with Franklin Valdivia Leig as her second vice president. The position made her sixth in the line of succession to the presidency. In 2011, Agnes opposed the Morales government's approval of a financial bill to build the Villa Tunari-San Ignacio de Moxos highway. She argued that this was not approved with due regard to the indigenous peoples and institutions of the region, stating that "the rights of the indigenous peoples have been violated", a view echoed by the leader of the indigenous inhabitants of the territory of the Isiboro-Secure National Park (TIPNIS), Adolfo Moye, who said the law was passed "without considering the serious impact on the region's ecosystem and natural reserves." In 2012, Agnes and her colleague in the legislature, Adrian Oliva, submitted a report to the Commission on Human Rights of the Chamber of Deputies of Uruguay in an attempt to publicize human rights violations in Bolivia. According to the United Nations Office for Refugees and the UNHCR, at the time there were about 600 Bolivian exiles or refugees, 100 political prisoners and at least 15 cases of torture. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that Bolivia has a "crisis in the administration of justice." Also in 2012, Agnes was elected to represent Bo