Bolivian Top court has ratified the occurrence of a constitutional 'coup' led by the far-right representative Jeanine Añez in 2019.
The judicial decision comes as a part of criminal files against the coup leader Añez for breaching the Constitution.
Bolivia's Justice Minister Ivan Lima welcomed a Constitutional Court's ruling. He said that the decision was "powerful" as it reinforced the principle that the de-facto succession only proceeds between the president and vice president. Since Añez did not lawfully hold these posts, the judicial decision will be part of the criminal files initiated against her on breaches of the Constitution and duties grounds.
The judgment also looked at senators' and MPs' resignations in the aftermath of the coup. The justices ruled that people who held the first and second vice presidencies of the Upper and Lower chambers, respectively, could not take the president.
"The TCP resolution is final and does not admit any appeal. No instance can review it. Añez's self-proclamation was a flagrant violation of article 169 of the Constitution," Lima said.
"With this sentence, we hope that justice will act soon and that we will have, as soon as possible this year, a sentence within the framework of due process," he added.
Aez, who is being held in preventive custody, is accused of approving an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan without a review by Parliament, limiting freedom of expression, and facing a responsibilities trial for the Sacaba and Senkata killings.