Bolivia’s Morales Leaving for Mexico, But Will Return «With More Strength»
By Staff, Agencies
Bolivia's former President Evo Morales announced that he is leaving for Mexico, which has granted him political asylum, but will soon return.
"Sisters and brothers, I leave for Mexico," Morales wrote on a Twitter on Monday evening, at around 9:30 local time [01:30 GMT on Tuesday]. He added that "it hurts me to leave the country for political reasons, but... soon I will return with more strength and energy."
Later Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard confirmed that Morales was on board the aircraft sent from Mexico, which granted him political asylum.
"Evo Morales is already in the Mexican Government plane sent to ensure his safe transfer to our country," Ebrard wrote on Twitter in Monday evening.
While later in the day, Ebrard said the plane of the Mexican Air Force with the resigned Bolivian President Morales on board took off from Bolivia.
Earlier on Monday, Peru's foreign ministry said the plane sent by the Mexican government to pick up Morales departed for Bolivia at 6:30 p.m. local time [23:30 GMT] and refueled in Peru.
Morales stepped down on Sunday, amid massive demonstrations that were reinforced by the support of armed forces and the police, who were also calling for the resignation of the president, who won in the October presidential election that was nonetheless not recognized by the opposition.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced on Monday that his country was granting political asylum to Morales.