https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/st ... -in-mexico
By PATRICK J. MCDONNELLMEXICO CITY BUREAU CHIEF
NOV. 12, 2019 8:09 PM
MEXICO CITY — Former Bolivian President Evo Morales arrived Tuesday in Mexico, where authorities have granted him political asylum, as an opposition senator back in Bolivia declared herself interim president.
Emerging from a Mexican air force jet in Mexico City, Morales was met on the tarmac by Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, who embraced the man who has led Bolivia for almost 14 years.
Hours later in a meeting of Bolivian legislators, nobody from the Morales’ ruling party was present to object when Jeanine Añez promoted herself to the head of the Senate, a position that she said put her in line to be the country’s president, since both Morales and his vice president had resigned.
Añez, who said her priority was to call for new national elections, later hoisted a Bible in the air at the presidential residence in the capital, La Paz, and appeared on a balcony wearing the presidential sash.
No legal quorum of lawmakers approved her move, and she took no oath of office.
But the United States, which has long opposed Morales for his socialist policies, appeared to recognize Añez as interim president. ->of course
U.S. authorities “look forward to working” with Añez and other leaders in Bolivia “as they arrange free & fair elections as soon as possible,” Michael G. Kozak, acting assistant secretary for the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, tweeted Tuesday evening.
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