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Mexican president defends decision to grant former Bolivian leader political asylum

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defends granting political asylum to Bolivia’s ex-leader, who stepped down under the military’s pressure last month, saying Evo Morales was the “victim of a coup d’état.”

Addressing a crowd of supporters celebrating his first year in office on Sunday, Orbrador spoke in support of Morales and said he is “our brother who represents with dignity the majority indigenous people of Bolivia.”

The former Bolivian president was forced to resign on November 10 under pressure from the country’s armed forces, after the US-backed opposition in the country challenged the outcome of a presidential election, in which Morales won re-election, and sparked weeks of deadly street protests.

Morales — who enjoys a broad popular base both at home and in Latin America — was then granted asylum and was warmly welcomed in Mexico, where he currently resides.

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The Mexican president further said, “Evo was the victim of a coup d’etat! And from Mexico, we tell the world, ‘Yes to democracy, no to militarism!’”

Obrador recalled the decision to accept Morales as an asylum seeker and said, “In accordance with our exemplary tradition of offering refuge to persecuted politicians around the world, we decided to grant humanitarian and political asylum to the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, and his vice president, Alvaro Garcia Linera.”

Morales says there is evidence that the US had orchestrated the “coup” against his administration.

Bolivian nation will prevail against US-, Israeli-backed coup: Morales

Bolivian nation will prevail against US-, Israeli-backed coup: MoralesFormer Bolivian President Evo Morales says Bolivia will prevail against an American and Israeli backed “coup”.

Only weeks after gaining power, Bolivia’s interim government announced plans to renew ties with Israel in line with policies of US President Donald Trump.

Morales told Iran’s Spanish-language Hispan TV last week that the Bolivian nation will continue its fight against the US- and Israel-backed “coup” in the country and ultimately prevail.

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