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Mexico: Evo Morales lands in Mexico City after being offered political asylum
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Mexico: Evo Morales lands in Mexico City after being offered political asylum

Mexico, Mexico City
November 12, 2019 at 20:56 GMT -00:00 · Published

Bolivia's ousted president Evo Morales landed at Mexico City's International Airport on Tuesday, after the country's government offered him political asylum following his resignation.

"I am very grateful to the Mexican government for saving my life," Morales said in a statement to the press in the airport hangar after being greeted by Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.

"Finally, I want to tell you again, for there not to be any more bloodshed, no more confrontations, we have decided to resign for the people," Morales said.

Amid heightened anticipation and at least eight hours delay, Morales' aircraft landed in Mexico after 11:00 local time (17:00 GMT) following a trip full of complications due to the reluctance of some countries to let the plane fly over their airspace.

Morales, the first indigenous president in the Andean country's history, resigned on Sunday under pressure from civil society and the armed forces.

Bolivia has been engulfed in massive protests since October's disputed presidential elections, which Morales won by a narrow margin.

Mexico: Evo Morales lands in Mexico City after being offered political asylum
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Bolivia's ousted president Evo Morales landed at Mexico City's International Airport on Tuesday, after the country's government offered him political asylum following his resignation.

"I am very grateful to the Mexican government for saving my life," Morales said in a statement to the press in the airport hangar after being greeted by Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.

"Finally, I want to tell you again, for there not to be any more bloodshed, no more confrontations, we have decided to resign for the people," Morales said.

Amid heightened anticipation and at least eight hours delay, Morales' aircraft landed in Mexico after 11:00 local time (17:00 GMT) following a trip full of complications due to the reluctance of some countries to let the plane fly over their airspace.

Morales, the first indigenous president in the Andean country's history, resigned on Sunday under pressure from civil society and the armed forces.

Bolivia has been engulfed in massive protests since October's disputed presidential elections, which Morales won by a narrow margin.

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