Mexico grants asylum to Bolivia’s Evo Morales

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“It’s a coup because the army requested the resignation of the president.”

The Mexican government has offered Bolivian President Evo Morales political asylum after his resignation in the wake of a coup. “It’s a coup because the army requested the resignation of the president, and that violates the constitutional order of that country,” Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said.

Ebrard recalled that Mexico was known for respecting the domestic affairs of any nation, as well as granting the right to political asylum for whoever suffered from political persecution.

He reported that Morales did a formal request following Mexico’s offer of asylum and granted the status over “humanitarian reasons, and the emergency situation currently experienced in Bolivia.”

Authorities of Russia, China, Uruguay, and Argentina also expressed their support for Evo Morales.

Morales said he was the victim of a conspiracy by enemies including election rival Carlos Mesa and protest leader Luis Fernando Camacho. “The world and our Bolivian patriots repudiate the coup,” he tweeted.

Sources: Reuters, teleSUR.

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