Former Bolivian President Anez taken to hospital for third time in two weeks

LA PAZ, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Former Bolivian President Jeanine Anez was briefly taken to a hospital from jail on Wednesday, her third hospital trip in two weeks.

Doctors said she had a thorax exam and is suffering from hypertension. She has since returned to the jail. One of the attorneys who represents Anez, Norka Cuellar, told journalists the former leader's condition was "serious," without elaborating.

Anez was detained earlier this year over accusations that she participated in a coup to oust longtime leader Evo Morales in 2019. She denies the allegations and says she is a victim of political persecution. She is being held in jail while she awaits trial.

Bolivia is now governed by socialist President Luis Arce, who belongs to Morales' party.

Since being jailed, Anez has suffered several health scares, and doctors have said she has hypertension and some mental health issues.

Wednesday's hospital visit "was not coordinated with the family or with the lawyers," said Luis Guillen, another attorney who represents Anez. "In an abrupt, sudden way, she was taken today from her jail... and taken to this hospital without us knowing anything about the reasons."

Last week, Anez was twice taken to a hospital near where she is being held in La Paz. On Wednesday, she was taken to a separate facility in the nearby city of El Alto.

Reporting by Danny Ramos, Writing by Marcelo Rochabrun, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien

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