Sunday, 8 December 2019

Bolivia’s Morales says ready to return to ‘pacify’ country

(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

MEXICO CITY: Bolivia’s exiled ex-president Evo Morales said he was ready to return to “pacify” his country amid weeks of unrest that led to his resignation.

“If the people ask me, we are ready to return to pacify” Bolivia, the leftist leader said in a news conference in Mexico City, where he arrived on Tuesday after receiving political asylum.

He called for a “national dialogue” to resolve the crisis in Bolivia and rejected the legitimacy of interim president Jeanine Anez, who has stepped in to try to fill a power vacuum.

Morales resigned Sunday amid increasingly violent protests over his allegedly fraud-tainted re-election to a controversial fourth term on Oct 20.

Saying his life was in danger, he fled to Mexico, which sent an air force plane to fetch him.

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