Bolivia crisis: Evo Morales says he fled to Mexico as life was at risk

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Bolivia crisis: Evo Morales says he fled to Mexico as life was at risk

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales has arrived in Mexico City saying he asked for asylum because his life was in danger

Mr Morales resigned on Sunday after weeks of protests over a disputed presidential election result

The Mexican jet carrying him landed at an airport in Mexico City, where he gave a brief news conference

Mr Morales said he was forced to stand down but did so willingly so there would be no more bloodshed

The left-wing leader said he and the Bolivian government were « very grateful » to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whom he credited with saving his life

While I have life I’ll stay in politics, the fight continues. All the people of the world have the right to free themselves from discrimination and humiliation, he added

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Mr Morales had arrived « safely » in the country, tweeting a picture of the jet that carried him

The plane was denied access to Peruvian airspace, forcing it to make an unscheduled stop in Paraguay to refuel. It was then denied permission to return through Bolivian airspace and had to detour through other countries to reach Mexico

Mr Morales, a former coca farmer, was first elected in 2006, the country’s first leader from the indigenous community

He has won plaudits for fighting poverty and improving Bolivia’s economy but drew controversy by defying constitutional limits to run for a fourth term in October’s election. The poll is alleged to have been rife with irregularities

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