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World Former Bolivian President Evo Morales arrives in Mexico after accepting political asylum

07:05  13 november  2019
07:05  13 november  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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LA PAZ, Bolivia — Evo Morales , the former president of Bolivia who resigned under pressure from street protests and the military, was granted asylum in Mexico on Monday Bolivia now faces a power vacuum because several politicians in the line of succession resigned after Mr. Morales did.

MEXICO CITY — Former Bolivian President Evo Morales arrived Tuesday in Mexico, where authorities have granted him political asylum, as an opposition senator back in Bolivia declared herself interim president.

Evo Morales holding a sign posing for the camera: Bolivian ex-President Evo Morales waves upon landing in Mexico City, on November 12, 2019, where he was granted asylum after his resignation. - Landlocked Bolivia, in crisis after its president quit amid protests over a disputed election, is among Latin America's poorest countries despite having huge gas reserves.© CLAUDIO CRUZ/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS Bolivian ex-President Evo Morales waves upon landing in Mexico City, on November 12, 2019, where he was granted asylum after his resignation. - Landlocked Bolivia, in crisis after its president quit amid protests over a disputed election, is among Latin America's poorest countries despite having huge gas reserves.

Emerging from a Mexican air force jet in Mexico City, Morales was met on the tarmac by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who embraced the man who has led Bolivia for almost 14 years.

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Hours later in a meeting of Bolivian legislators, nobody from Morales’ ruling party was present to object when Jeanine Anez promoted herself to the head of the Senate, a position she said put her in line to be the country’s president, since both Morales and his vice president had resigned.

Anez, who said her priority was to call for new national elections, later hoisted a Bible in the air at the presidential residence in the capital, La Paz, and appeared on a balcony wearing the presidential sash.

No legal quorum of lawmakers approved her move, and she took no oath of office. It was not immediately clear if any other countries planned to recognize her as president.

In a Twitter message from Mexico, Morales decried the senator’s claim to the presidency as “the most devious and evil coup in history.”

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There have been clashes in Bolivia after the resignation of President Evo Morales following a disputed election. US President Donald Trump on Monday described the resignation of Mr Morales as "a significant moment 12 November 2019. Bolivian leader accepts political asylum in Mexico .

Bolivia 's ex- president Evo Morales arrives in Mexico to take up political asylum , two days after resigning amid mounting protests over his fraud-stained

Earlier, upon arriving in Mexico, a somber Morales thanked Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, saying that Mexico had saved his life after he received death threats in Bolivia.

In a short statement before reporters at the airport, Morales denounced violence in his homeland and declared that he would continue “the fight” for equality in Bolivia.

“Thanks to Mexico, to its authorities,” he said. “But I also want to tell you that as long as we are alive, we will continue in politics. … And we are sure that people have the right to liberate themselves.”

Morales, a socialist who is Bolivia’s first indigenous president, has pledged to return to Bolivia and declared that he was the victim of a coup.

Ebrard, the Mexican foreign minister, also characterized Morales’ forced departure as a coup.

Morales resigned Sunday after the head of Bolivia’s army requested that he step down following weeks of protests over disputed national elections on Oct. 20.

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Former Bolivian President Evo Morales has landed safely in Mexico , but his journey to political asylum had twists and turns as neighboring states Former Bolivian President Evo Morales holds a Mexican flag onboard a Mexican government's aircraft in an unidentified location November 11, 2019.

President quits after nearly 14 years in power, hours after promising fresh elections.

Morales, seeking his fourth consecutive term, says he won. But critics, who argue that Morales had ambitions to be president for life, charged that the election had been rigged, and a team from the Organization of American States found numerous irregularities in the balloting.

The former president dropped from public sight for a day before a Mexican military jet arrived in Bolivia on Monday to take him to Mexico.

Morales and an entourage of political allies arrived here shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday following a circuitous route and a stop in Paraguay after several nations — including Peru and Ecuador — denied flyover or refueling rights, Ebrard said.

Street protests and clashes between Morales’ supporters and foes have rocked Bolivia since Sunday.

His resignation, along with those of his constitutionally designated successors, left the Andean nation of 11 million without a president.

Among those accompanying Morales to Mexico was the former vice president, Alvaro Garcia Linera, a longtime confidant.

Before Morales arrived here, the Mexican foreign minister dismissed suggestions that Mexico’s decision to grant asylum to Morales — a longtime critic of U.S. “imperialism” — would elevate tensions with the United States. The Trump administration applauded Morales’ departure and called for new elections in Bolivia.

From Trotsky to Morales, Mexico's asylum tradition

  From Trotsky to Morales, Mexico's asylum tradition From Leon Trotsky to Luis Bunuel to Salvador Allende's widow, Mexico has a long tradition of offering asylum to political exiles -- right down to newly arrived Bolivian ex-president Evo Morales. An even more famous figure arrived seven years later: Trotsky. Exiled from the Soviet Union in 1929 by Joseph Stalin, the Marxist revolutionary drifted from Turkey to Norway to France before finally landing in Mexico in 1937."It was the muralist Diego Rivera who asked President Lazaro Cardenas to grant (Trotsky) asylum. But we all know the consequences. Mexican protection failed and Ramon Mercader came along," said Gutierrez.

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales accepted political asylum in Mexico after resigning on Sunday. Morales wrote on Twitter that he had left for "It hurts to leave the country for political reasons, but I will always be there. Soon I will return with more strength and energy," Morales tweeted.

The former Bolivian president Evo Morales has been granted asylum by Mexico , the country’s top diplomat has said Mexico had “decided to grant political asylum to Evo Morales in virtue of the urgent situation which he faces The minister confirmed that Morales had accepted the asylum offer.

“With the United States there is no tension; there may be differences,” Ebrard told reporters in Mexico City.

Lopez Obrador, who was elected last year as Mexico’s first declared leftist president in a generation, has sought cordial relations with the Trump administration.

The decision to grant asylum to Morales, Ebrard said, was in line with Mexico’s longtime practice of providing refuge to political dissidents — from Republicans fleeing the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s to Chileans escaping the military government of Gen. Augusto Pinochet during the 1970s and 1980s.

Among the celebrated exiles who have sought refuge in Mexico were Fidel Castro, who arrived here in 1955 after being jailed in Cuba, and Leon Trotsky, the Bolshevik revolutionary leader. In 1940, a Soviet agent assassinated Trotsky at his home here.

Mexican authorities vowed to ensure the safety of Morales, who was whisked away from the airport in a military helicopter.

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(Special correspondents Marcelo Tedesqui in La Paz and Cecilia Sanchez in Mexico City contributed to this report.)

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Bolivia's interim government charges Morales with sedition and terrorism .
Bolivia's interim government filed a criminal complaint on Friday against former President Evo Morales for alleged sedition and terrorism, the interior minister said, as authorities began probes of his allies that they accuse of corruption and fomenting unrest. © Reuters/CARLOS JASSO Former Bolivian President Evo Morales holds a news conference in Mexico City Interim President Jeanine Anez, a former senator and opponent of Morales, has faced a wave of demonstrations by his supporters since taking office in a power vacuum last week.

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