Former Bolivian leader Morales moves to Argentina, is granted asylum

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales have been granted refugee status in Argentina

"I had a conversation yesterday with Evo Morales who informed me of his decision to move to Buenos Aires".

Sola said Argentia's proximity to Bolivia was attractive to Morales.

After entering the country, Morales and other former Bolivian officials who traveled with him from Cuba began the process to be accepted as political refugees, condition that will be confirmed in the next few hours by the Ministry of Interior, by Eduardo "Wado" de Pedro.

A senior U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Morales' presence in Argentina was "not welcome news".

Bolivian Foreign Minister Karen Longaric on Thursday asked the Argentine government to comply with worldwide conventions regarding asylum and political refuge and prevent Evo Morales from making political statements that disturb the electoral process in his country.

Sola said Morales would have a justified fear for his safety if he stayed in Bolivia.

"My eternal thanks to President (Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador) and the government of Mexico for saving my life and for sheltering me".


Mexico granted Morales asylum, but reports speculate that he would prefer to be in Argentina to be closer to Bolivia and maintain contacts with his leftist MAS party. "I felt at home with Mexican sisters and brothers for a month", Morales said in the tweet.

"We hope that Argentina strictly complies with the principles and rules of asylum and refugee rights, and that what happened in Mexico, where he had an open microphone and open forum to do politics, does not re-occur", Longaric said.

There was no meeting planned between Morales and Fernandez, but they could talk on the phone, Sola said.

Anez has said new elections will be held in Bolivia in March or April next year, and that Morales would not be allowed to participate.

Two days after the assumption of the new president Alberto Fernandez, the ex-president, who suffered a coup d'etat last November 10, arrived in the morning at this capital, where his sons Evaliz and Alvaro Morales are also found.

Morales left Mexico City on Friday for a brief visit to Cuba, before flying to Argentina.

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