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Bolivia: the former president flies to Mexico by airplane

Evo Morales: "The coup d'état destroys the rule of law"

During the night, Bolivian former president Evo Morales has flown to Mexico after his resignation. Morales raised the Mexican flag aboard the plane after he succeeded in obtaining political asylum: he was afraid of being arrested following the renouncement of his post, after heated protests in Bolivia and pressure from the soldiers who had removed the support to Morales and his government. Once the aircraft took off, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard let it be known: "His life is safe".

The protests began after the results of the last presidential election in October, won by Morales and challenged by the opposition parties that they were manipulated to not allow the runoff with challenger Carlos Mesa. Morales would have been in his fourth presidential term, but the Bolivian constitution allows only two.

Today on twitter the former president posted: "Sisters and brothers, I leave for Mexico, in the Country that granted me asylum. It hurts to leave Bolivia for political reasons, but I will come back with more strength and energy". The previous day he had declared: "I denounce the world and the Bolivian people that a police officer has publicly announced that he has been ordered to execute an illegal arrest warrant against me; in addition, violent groups have assaulted my house. The coup d'état destroys the rule of law".

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