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Evo Morales Flees to Mexico While Jeanine Anez Serves as Interim President of Bolivia

Porlamar, Venezuela. September 17th 2016 - President of Bolivia Evo Morales at the 17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement at Margarita Island in Porlamar, Venezuela on September 17, 2016. - Image

President Evo Morales arrived in Mexico on Tuesday after accepting Mexico’s offer of political asylum. His resignation on Tuesday comes after months of political unrest unfolding in Bolivia after the October 20 election, in which protestors blamed authorities of rigging the votes to allow Morales to win another term as President.

Upon arrival in Mexico, Morales thanked President Manuel Lopez Obrador for coming to his aid.

“We are here safe thanks to Mexico and its authorities, but I also want to tell you sisters and brothers, as long as I’m alive, we’ll continue in politics,” said Morales. “As long as I’m alive, the fight continues and we are sure that the peoples of the world can liberate themselves.”

In the meantime, Jeanine Anez, second vice president of Bolivia’s Senate, has stepped up to serve as interim president even though she doesn’t have enough votes to preside over the Bolivian Senate.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders both argue that Morales’ resignation is not a democracy, but rather a result of pressure from the military, which contradicts Bolivia’s constitution.

Since Morales stepped down as President, Bolivia has seen further political division and no clarity for what’s to come in the near future.

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Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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