Bolivian President Evo Morales, deposed by a coup d’etat in his country on November 10, arrived Thursday in Argentina from Cuba, to meet his children, who also had to leave Bolivia after the coup. Morales plans to stay in Argentina indefinitely.
The Bolivian leader arrived in the company of his vice president, Álvaro García Linera; former Health Minister Gabriela Montaño; former Foreign Minister Diego Pary and Amanda Davila, who held the position of Minister of Communications for Morales in the past. Morales signed an application for refuge at the Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires.
Through his official Twitter account @evoespueblo, he reported that he arrived in Argentina to continue fighting for the humblest and to unite the Patria Grande.
Evo Morales, arrived on Argentine soil through a joint operation led by the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and of Argentina, Alberto Fernández.
Mi eterno agradecimiento al presidente @lopezobrador_, al pueblo y al Gobierno de #México por salvarme la vida y por cobijarme. Me sentí como en casa junto a las hermanas y hermanos mexicanos durante un mes.
— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) December 12, 2019
In Mexico, the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia remained in asylum for a little less than a month before arriving in Argentina. Therefore, in another tweet he said : “My eternal gratitude to President López Obrador, the people and the government of #Mexico for saving my life and for sheltering me. I felt at home with the Mexican sisters and brothers for a month.”
For his part, Argentine Foreign Minister Felipe Solá received him after his trip from Cuba, where he was for a few days. “He is coming to stay in Argentina.”
According to Solá, Morales enters asylum status and in the next few days will request his declaration as a refugee.
Translated by JRE/EF