22 de enero de 2020
ÚLTIMAS NOTICIAS:
English - News

Bolivia's Morales marks 2 months in exile

By Rodrigo Garcia

Buenos Aires, Jan 12 (efe-epa).- Former Bolivian President Evo Morales, who resigned in November during what he called a "coup d'etat," on Sunday marked two months in exile from Buenos Aires, the city that has become his base of operations for the May presidential elections that he will not compete in.

"I am marking two months far away from my beloved country. We arrived in #Mexico devastated, but today, however, we have the strength to return to #Bolivia. This strength comes from the people ... We will fight racism and discrimination, and we will regain democracy," Morales said in a Twitter post.

Morales arrived on Dec. 12 in the Argentine capital along with several other former officials and aides.

The 60-year-old Morales, who resigned on Nov. 11 amid pressure from the armed forces and initially fled to Mexico, requested political asylum in Argentina.

The administration of new President Alberto Fernandez granted Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, political asylum, saying that he was being "persecuted" in his country.

The Fernandez administration, however, asked Morales to refrain from making political statements.

"A coup has been consummated in Bolivia, the product of the actions of a group of violent civilians, police personnel ... and a passive army," Fernandez said a few weeks before taking office on Dec. 10.

The 60-year-old Fernandez, a Peronist, defeated conservative former President Mauricio Macri in the Oct. 27 presidential election.

Fernandez invited Morales to move to Argentina, where the former Bolivian head of state's two children were already residing.

Morales initially avoided making public statements, using Twitter to criticize what he called the "de facto government" of interim President Jeanine Añez, a senator who assumed office amid a power vacuum in Bolivia.

On Dec. 17, Morales held a press conference in Buenos Aires to discuss his situation.

"Two things hurt about this coup: they murdered comrades, but they are also killing the economy," the former president said.

Morales said he would not be a candidate in the next presidential and urged the interim government to hold "free, clean and transparent elections."

A day later, Bolivian prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for Morales on sedition and terrorism charges.

Prosecutors said they obtained an audio recording in which Morales, who was speaking from Mexico, allegedly ordered his supporters to blockade Bolivia's cities to prevent food from being delivered.

Morales, for his part, said the allegations were a "frame."

"What is this de facto government accusing me of? Of terrorism, of sedition, which are political matters, they are never going to accuse me of corruption," Morales told EFE in an interview on Dec. 24. "I became president for the country and not for money."

Morales said the coup was staged by foreign economic interests from the United States and other countries out to grab Bolivia's lithium reserves. EFE

 600x350
 750x300

Comentarios

Histórico de noticias
Boeing doesn't expect 737 MAX to fly again until mid-2020

New York, Jan 21 (efe-epa).- Boeing announced Tuesday that it does not expect regulatory authorities to approve the return to service of its 737 MAX jets...

First US case of Wuhan virus diagnosed

New York, Jan 21 (efe-epa).- A patient in Washington state has been diagnosed with the Wuhan virus, or coronavirus, in the first confirmed case of this type...

Weinstein case moves to opening arguments with witnesses in focus

New York, Jan 21 (efe-epa).- The the 12-person jury and three alternatives now selected, the sexual abuse trial of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein will...

Millions of Mexicans take part in macro-earthquake simulation

Mexico City, Jan 20 (efe-epa).- Millions of people participated on Monday in a nationwide earthquake macro-drill as memories persist of the last big tremor...

Trump's defense team asks Senate to speedily reject impeachment case

By Susana Samhan

Thousands protest gun controls in Richmond, Virginia

Washington, Jan 20 (efe-epa).- Thousands of people, most of them men, demonstrated on Monday outside the Virginia state capitol building in Richmond against...

Young people committing suicide in Nicaragua due to social crisis

By Wilder Perez R.

Animals at Medellin zoo get ice cream to help them deal with the heat

Medellin, Colombia, Jan 19 (efe-epa).- Ice cream, copious amounts of water and refreshing baths are all part of the "Wild Coolness" initiative being...

Migrant caravan delays entry into Mexico, expected to double in size

By Pedro Pablo Cortes

Former UN chief Javier Perez de Cuellar celebrates 100th birthday in Lima

Lima, Jan 19 (efe-epa).- Peru's Javier Perez de Cuellar, the first Ibero-American to serve as secretary-general of the United Nations, is celebrating his...

#SuperCoralPlay social network campaign seeks to save coral reefs

By Alberto Domingo Carreiro

Pinochet victims join Chilean protesters 3 mo. into crisis

Santiago, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Groups of relatives of the victims of the 1973-1990 Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, along with associations of those injured and...

Koala toys invade NY in fundraising campaign for fire-ravaged Australia

New York, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Plush koala toys perched on lampposts, traffic signals, trees and scaffolding at different spots around New York City these...

Model Gigi Hadid ruled out as Weinstein juror

New York, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- The selection of the jury that will decide in a New York court whether Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is guilty of sexual...

Mural art exhibit to highlight the untold bridge between Mexico and the US

By Jorge Fuentelsaz

Guaido: Paramilitary takeover of parliament reveals Maduro's dictatorship

Caracas, Jan 15 (efe-epa).- Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called the actions under way on Wednesday outside the National Assembly (AN) building a...

Artificial intelligence posing new challenges for cybersecurity in 2020

By Marc Arcas

House Democrats deliver Trump impeachment articles to Senate

Washington, Jan 15 (EFE).- Articles of impeachment against Donald Trump were transmitted to the US Senate on Wednesday nearly a month after the...

HRW denounces China's massive attack on human rights at home and abroad

By Mario Villar

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon in 2019 was 85 percent greater than in 2018

Rio de Janeiro, Jan 14 (efe-epa).- Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon region last year was 85 percent greater than that reported in 2018, according to...

Boeing ends 2019 with more cancellations than commercial plane orders

New York, Jan 14 (efe-epa).- Aerospace giant Boeing said Tuesday it delivered a total of 380 commercial airplanes in 2019, or less than half the number it...

US gov't, Apple at odds again over terrorist's iPhone

San Francisco, Jan 14 (efe-epa).- The US government and Apple on Tuesday publicly put on display their ongoing dispute over the alleged refusal of the tech...

Soldiers, scientists and Efe reporters head off on Antarctica mission

Montevideo, Jan 14 (efe-epa).- A group of 30 people, including military personnel, scientists and two Agencia Efe reporters, headed off Tuesday on a mission...

House to vote Wednesday on sending impeachment articles to Senate

Washington, Jan 14 (efe-epa).- The US House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday to select the lawmakers who will act as the "managers" of President...