Bolivia’s Morales accepts political asylum in Mexico

Former president Evo Morales left Bolivia in a Mexican Air Force plane on Monday. AFP/MEXICO FOREIGN MINISTRY
Former president Evo Morales left Bolivia in a Mexican Air Force plane on Monday. AFP/MEXICO FOREIGN MINISTRY

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

The deputy head of the Senate said she will take over as interim president until new elections are held.

Morales, a former coca farmer, was first elected in 2006.

He has won plaudits 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 was alleged to have been rife with irregularities.(BBC)

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