Bolivian President Evo Morales has arrived in Mexico after being granted asylum following his abrupt resignation under pressure from the military and political opponents.
Morales landed at the Mexico City Airport on Tuesday and gave a brief news conference on the tarmac, saying he was forced to stand down but did so willingly “so there would be no more bloodshed.”
The 60-year-old said the Bolivian government was “very grateful” to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for the asylum offer and promised to stay in politics, stressing that “the fight continues.”
“While I have life I’ll stay in politics, the fight continues. All the people of the world have the right to free themselves from discrimination and humiliation,” Morales said.
“I thought we had finished with the discrimination and the humiliation, but new groups have emerged that have no respect for life, let alone for the fatherland,” he added. “It’s another lesson to learn.”
Morales won Bolivia’s October 20 presidential election but the opposition rejected the outcome and claimed that there had been fraud in the election process.
That sparked violent street protests, which left three people dead and hundreds more wounded, in what the Morales government called a coup bid.
The Bolivian president called for re-elections on Sunday after a report by the Organization of American States (OAS) showed irregularities in the election.
The report prompted some of Morales’ ruling party allies to relinquish power and the army to urge the leftist leader to resign, which he agreed to do even as he stressed that his electoral victory had been valid.
Morales left Bolivia shortly after his resignation, which drew condemnations from Latin America’s leftist governments and prominent politicians, with many of them echoing Morales and branding the developments in Bolivia as a “coup d’état.”
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