In October, then-Bolivian President Evo Morales was pressured by the country’s military to step down from the presidency, resulting him to flee the country in the wake of massive protests against a highly-contested November 2019 election win that would have seen him take a 4th term.
Mauricio Claver-Carone, senior adviser to US President Donald Trump, suggested that the former Bolivian president was fostering violence and instability in Bolivia and causing a “headache” for Argentina, which granted him asylum after escaping his country.
Noting that he had personally warned Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez regarding the ousted Bolivian leader, Claver-Carone argued that “now Argentina is seeing the problem that Evo Morales means”.
Morales was ousted as president of Bolivia on 10 November, after the country’s armed forces pulled their support for him amid a political crisis sparked by a hotly-contested presidential election. Demonstrations and violent counter-demonstrations saw at least 29 killed.
On 12 January, Morales demanded that his supporters organize an armed militia to prepare for his return to Bolivia. The comment drew immediate backlash from the current government and interim President Jeanine Anez, causing Morales to disavow his words few days later.
Anez later called for a new presidential election, pledging to ensure that Morales would not run. A vote is scheduled to be held in the middle of March.
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