It seems increasingly likely that Bolivia will not collapse into chaos, a real possibility as recently as two days ago. Diez, the conservative President of the Senate, decided not to accept the presidency. After suggesting that the military could be used to suppress protest by indigenous Bolivians, most of the country considered him an unpalatable choice to lead the country. After the head of the Bolivian lower legislative house, Mario Cossio, also resigned, the head of the Supreme Court, Eduardo Rodríguez came to power. Normalization seems to be setting in. From the New York Times:
Calm did, in fact, return to much of Bolivia, an Andean country of nine million. Fuel remained scarce, but protesters began lifting roadblocks that had isolated six cities. Shops and offices reopened, and many of the 14,000 troops deployed in recent days returned to barracks.
The protest movements that began three weeks ago were never about a new President or new elections. They have been about gas and the Asamblea and those two issues are still a long way from being decided.