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Bolivia’s Evo Morales Tweets He Is Leaving For Mexico

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Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Nov. 11, 2019:
Bolivian leader Evo Morales last night tweeted he
was leaving for Mexico, a day after announcing his resignation and saying he
will call fresh elections.

Mexico granted asylum to the veteran
socialist Monday.

“Sisters and
brothers, I leave for Mexico, grateful for the detachment of the government of
that brother town that gave us asylum to take care of our lives,” Morales’
translated tweet at 8:29 p.m. last night stated. “It hurts to leave the country
for political reasons, but I will always be pending. Soon I will return with
more strength and energy.

In a statement earlier
at 6.30 p.m. local time, Peru’s foreign ministry said a Mexican government
plane had refueled in Lima on its way to Bolivia. Mexico said that a a plane
left for Bolivia “consistent with our obligations arising from the Caracas
Convention of 1954 on Diplomatic Asylum.”

Morales, one of
the longest serving leaders in Latin America has created chaos and uncertainty.
Looting, vandalism and arson carried out by both his supporters and opponents
have been reported. Angry pro-Morales residents clashed with police and set up
barricades–some lit up in flames–to block roads leading to the country’s main
airport.

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