Evo Morales alleges coup attempt as Bolivia opposition claims 'giant fraud'
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Bolivia's former leader Evo Morales has fled to Mexico , leaving behind a country in turmoil after his resignation two days ago. Morales posed with a Mexican flag as he was spirited away into exile on an air force jet last night. Mexico had yesterday offered asylum to the socialist leader amid fears he would be arrested following his abrupt resignation. The year-old stepped down under pressure from the military after weeks of protests over a disputed election result.
Bolivian president Evo Morales flees to Mexico and holds up the country's flag
The meteoric political journey of Evo Morales came to an end — for now, at least — right where it started: in a steamy jungle region of central Bolivia. It was in El Chapare that Morales cut his teeth in the s, helping organise his fellow coca farmers against US-backed efforts to eradicate the raw ingredient of cocaine. Pictured lying atop a blanket on a safehouse floor, Morales fondly recalled his time as a local leader on Twitter. He had often promised to return and retire here.
If you would like to receive Morning Brief in your inbox every weekday, please sign up here. After nearly 14 years in power, Bolivian President Evo Morales announced in an address to the nation that he would resign on Sunday—following a call from the military for him to step down. Morales was declared the winner of a disputed presidential election on Oct. In recent days, police joined the demonstrations. Bolivia divided.