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BOLIVIA: Ex-President Evo Morales accepts political asylum in Mexico

Bolivia: Ex-President Evo Morales accepts political asylum in Mexico
NewsDesk Team
City of London Newsroom

Bolivian President Evo Morales has accepted an offer of political asylum in Mexico a day after resigning as president of Bolivia amid election fraud protests.

Mr Morales, a former coca farmer, was first elected in 2006. He was lauded for fighting poverty and improving Bolivia's economy but drew controversy by defying constitutional term limits to run
for a fourth term in October's election, which is alleged to have been rife with irregularities.

In a tweet, he said it hurt to be leaving Bolivia but he would return with more "strength and energy".

Mexico's Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, confirmed Mr Morales had boarded a Mexican government plane. Meanwhile, Bolivia's military commander ordered troops to back up police who have clashed with Morales supporters.

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