Bolivia’s Ex-President Morales Seeks Refugee Status in Argentina

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Bolivia’s Ex-President Morales Seeks Refugee Status in Argentina

(Bloomberg) -- Bolivia’s former president Evo Morales has landed in Buenos Aires, with the purpose of seeking refugee status in Argentina, according to comments by foreign minister Felipe Sola on local TV.

Morales’ arrival follows a month-long stay in Mexico and several days in Cuba. In mid-November Argentina’s then president-elect, Alberto Fernandez, said that the former Bolivian leader could seek asylum in the country after he became president on Dec. 10.

Morales resigned the presidency of the Andean country on Nov. 11 following civil unrest in the wake of a contested election. He fled to Mexico after the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador granted him asylum.

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Recent opinion polls, however, showed the decision was a net negative for the administration, with 44% of Mexicans describing the decision as bad or very bad in a poll published in El Financiero.

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