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    BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - The party Movement for Socialism (MAS) will choose its candidate to run in the forthcoming Bolivian presidential election at a meeting on 19 January, ousted former Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Monday.

    "This meeting will take place on 19 January", Morales told journalists after consultations with party members.

    He said a candidate for the vice presidency will be nominated, too.

    Morales has said that he hopes the MAS candidate will win. The former president is now in exile in Argentina.

    In November, opposition lawmaker Jeanine Anez declared herself interim president at a special meeting in the Parliament despite not reaching the necessary quorum as lawmakers from the governing party Movement for Socialism (MAS) were absent, with Morales characterising the situation as a coup. Jeanine Anez later called a new vote, pledging to ensure that Morales would not be allowed to run. The vote is scheduled to be held in mid-March.

    In October, Morales claimed victory in an election that would have launched his fourth consecutive presidential term in Bolivia. The opposition challenged his victory, triggering violent protests across the nation. Morales was pressured by the military to step down and flee the country.

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