Following the departure of Bolivia’s former president, Evo Morales, UN chief António Guterres announced on 14 November that he had appointed a personal envoy to travel to the country and offer support to national leaders.

The decision follows the rising incidents of violence after weeks of protest which began over disputed presidential election results.

Guterres has appointed Jean Arnault to engage as his personal envoy “with all Bolivian actors”, and “offer United Nations support in efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis, including through transparent, inclusive and credible elections”.

Arnault is a former special representative of the UN chief for Colombia. He has also served as special representative for Georgia, Afghanistan, Burundi and Guatemala.

As the developments in Bolivia prompt deep concerns, Guterres reiterated his appeal to all Bolivians to “refrain from violence and exercise utmost restraint”.