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Bolivia interim government asks Argentina to disavow comments from ex president Evo Morales

Thursday, January 16th 2020 - 08:58 UTC
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Morales said that Bolivians had the right to organize and defend themselves, without firearms, from what he said were attacks by Bolivia’s interim government Morales said that Bolivians had the right to organize and defend themselves, without firearms, from what he said were attacks by Bolivia’s interim government

Bolivia’s Foreign Ministry has asked Argentina’s government to disavow comments by Bolivian former President Evo Morales, currently living in exile in Buenos Aires that called for the organization of armed militias in his home country.

Morales said on Sunday that Bolivians had the right to organize and defend themselves, without firearms, from what he said were attacks by Bolivia’s interim government, which he claims took power in a coup late last year.

“We ask the Argentine government to repudiate the practices of Evo Morales, at odds with the law and international public order,” Bolivia’s government said, adding it had sent a diplomatic letter to Argentine Foreign Minister Felipe Solá.

Bolivia’s interim government has done little to hide its anger that Morales has continued to play a key and vocal political role with his Movement for Socialism party ahead of new elections called for May 3.

A spokesman for Argentina’s Foreign Ministry said the country did not recognize Bolivia’s interim government and was waiting for “transparent elections to recognize the next government of Bolivia.”

Argentina’s center-left Peronist President Alberto Fernandez has previously supported Morales’ rights to speak freely. Granting him asylum has, however, created tensions between his new administration and the United States.

Bolivia’s interim President Jeanine Añez is rallying opposition to Morales ahead of the May election. Morales is not running but is orchestrating his party’s campaign.

Añez has also rekindled Bolivia’s relationship with the United States. Mauricio Claver-Carone, a senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, is visiting Bolivia, a sign of warming relations between the two countries.

After meeting with Añez on Wednesday, Claver-Carone said the United States wanted to cooperate with Bolivia on trade, investment, support for the electoral process and the fight against corruption and drug trafficking.

“The United States and Bolivia are naturally allied countries. Unfortunately, we have been separated for many years for no good reason and in an unnatural way, because we have the same interests, we have the same democratic values and that is what we seek to deepen,” Claver-Carone said, in an apparent reference to strained relations under the almost 14-year administration of Morales.

Bolivia’s top court also agreed to extend the term limit on Añez’s caretaker government which had been due to expire later this month, defusing some tensions after Morales had urged her to step down.

United Nations envoy Jean Arnault applauded the court’s decision in a statement and said it was “essential” to give up violence or threats of violence to ensure peace.

 

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  • tallison46

    Evo Morales got caught fixing the election and had to leave the country to keep from being prosecuted.... There was no coup he just got caught fixing the election and left for Mexico rather than face the Bolivian people.... those that continue to follow him are being mislead and are being very naïve about Mr. Morales and what he has done and is capable of doing. Argentina isn't doing themselves a favor having Morales in the country... He's just another distraction Argentina doesn't need....

    Jan 16th, 2020 - 12:05 pm +1
  • DemonTree

    “that called for the organization of armed militias in his home country.”

    “Bolivians had the right to organize and defend themselves, without firearms”

    what are they armed with, then? Pitchforks?

    Also “The United States and Bolivia are naturally allied countries.” - sure they are. Bolivia produces cocaine and the US consumes it. Perfect partners.

    Jan 16th, 2020 - 12:52 pm 0
  • tallison46

    DemonTree LOL that's funny

    Jan 16th, 2020 - 05:10 pm 0
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