Bolivia’s coup-imposed government now has a court order for the arrest of former President Evo Morales, issued on the grounds of his alleged incitement of riots and “terrorism” in the divided South American nation.
A photo of the arrest order has been shared on Twitter by Arturo Murillo, the interior minister of the “transitional” government of Jeanine Anez. He had previously promised to jail Morales “for the rest of his life,” calling him a “terrorist.”
Gobierno interino de Bolivia gira orden de aprehensión contra Evo Morales por sedición y terrorismoEl Ministro de Gobierno boliviano, Arturo Murillo, dio a conocer el documento en su cuenta de Twitter.⬇️ https://t.co/0bvXfV9Wgf
— Alicia Salgado (@allizesalgado) December 18, 2019
Actually arresting Morales is currently easier said than done for Murillo, as the former Bolivian president has accepted political asylum in Argentina, and has vowed to “keep fighting” the opposition-led coup.
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The veteran politician, who ruled over the Latin American nation for about 14 years, resigned in November under pressure from top military officials after weeks of opposition protests. Morales, who was suspected by the opposition of election fraud following the results of October’s presidential vote, was eventually forced into exile in Mexico.
A month later, he moved to Argentina, where he also sought political asylum. Upon arriving in Buenos Aires, the prominent left-wing leader vowed to “continue fighting for the poor” and to unite what he called the “great party,” apparently referring to the Movement for Socialism (MAS) he had led, before his exile.
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MAS has already chosen Morales to run its upcoming election campaign from abroad, with a snap vote promised by the opposition-held government.
The exiled politician still wields significant backing at home; crowds of Morales’ supporters have been regularly hitting the streets following his ousting.
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