Mexico grants asylum to Bolivian leader Morales

Bolivia’s recently resigned president Evo Morales has been granted asylum by Mexico. (Reuters)
Updated 12 November 2019

Mexico grants asylum to Bolivian leader Morales

  • Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard: Several minutes ago I received a phone call from (former) president Evo Morales to verbally and formally request political asylum in our country
  • Mexico had said it was prepared to grant Morales asylum, after Bolivia’s first indigenous president stepped down amid massive protests

MEXICO CITY: Mexico said Monday it has granted asylum to Bolivia’s Evo Morales, after the leftist president’s departure left the South American nation reeling amid a power vacuum.
“Several minutes ago I received a phone call from (former) president Evo Morales to verbally and formally request political asylum in our country,” Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told a news conference.
“Interior Minister Olga Sanchez Cordero made the decision to grant him asylum... for humanitarian reasons.”
Morales will have asylum with immediate effect for his own protection, Ebrard added, but did not answer journalists’ questions on whether he would travel to Mexico, and if so when he would arrive.
Mexico had said Sunday it was prepared to grant Morales asylum, after Bolivia’s first indigenous president stepped down amid massive protests and growing unrest over his fraud-stained re-election on October 20.
Morales, 60, had been in power since 2006.


Tigray forces say they ‘completely destroyed’ Ethiopia’s 21st mechanized division

Updated 24 November 2020

Tigray forces say they ‘completely destroyed’ Ethiopia’s 21st mechanized division

  • A government spokesman did not return calls seeking comment
NAIROBI: Tigrayan forces battling Ethiopia’s federal government said on Tuesday they ‘completely destroyed’ the army’s 21st mechanized division, a day after they claimed they had destroyed a helicopter and a tank.
The statement was made during a television broadcast on Tuesday.
A government spokesman did not return calls seeking comment. Reuters has been unable to verify claims by either side since phone and Internet connections to the Tigray region are down and access to the area is strictly controlled.