Bolivia’s former Prez Evo Morales heads for Mexico after accepting political asylum


Sucre: Bolivia’s former president Evo Morales departed for Mexico after accepting an offer of political asylum after a “coup” against him sparked on Bolivia.

Morales’ departure comes a day after his resignation as president. This was followed by military intervention amid mass protests sparked by allegations of “serious irregularities” during last month’s election.

Morales’s stunning fall after nearly 14 years in office came hours after the Organization of American States said it had found “clear manipulation” of the vote last month in which the elder statesman of the Latin American left claimed victory.

Morales and his senior officials denounced the pressure as an effective coup orchestrated by his right-wing challenger, former president Carlos Mesa, and other opposition leaders. Late Sunday, Morales tweeted that a police official had publicly called for his detention. “The coup mongers are destroying the rule of law,” Morales wrote.

Also stepping down were Vice President Álvaro García Linera, Chamber of Deputies President Victor Borda and Senate President Adriana Salvatierra, leaving the country without a constitutional leader. Borda resigned after protesters set his house in the mountain city of Potosi ablaze and kidnapped his brother.

There have been clashes in Bolivia after the resignation of President Evo Morales following a disputed election.

It was unclear who will take charge. Under the Bolivian constitution, elections after such a crisis must be held within 90 days.

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