Evo Morales says he is leaving Bolivia for Mexico

Police guard Congress in La Paz Bolivia Monday Nov. 11 2019. Bolivian President Evo Morales' Nov. 10 resignation under mounting pressure from the

Mexico grants asylum to Bolivia's Evo Morales as unrest continues

Bolivian ex-president Evo Morales jetted off to exile in Mexico Tuesday in a weird flight full of detours that traced the shifting political map of a Latin America racked by crises.

"Brothers and sisters, I'm leaving for Mexico, and I'm grateful to the government and brotherly people for granting us asylum to protect our lives".

"What happened yesterday is a step back for the whole continent", Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said.

Mexico elected its first left-leaning government in decades past year, moving closer to like-minded governments and distancing itself from diplomatic initiatives aimed at pushing socialist President Nicolas Maduro from power in Venezuela.

The Mexican government made the decision known to the Bolivian Foreign Ministry, as well as the Organization of American States and he Mexican Senate, and will also inform the United Nations.

"The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Bolivia", the State Department said in a statement.

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As violence spread amid Morales exit, Bolivia's armed forces said it would conduct joint operations with the police to prevent violence.

Violent unrest shook Bolivia and Morales' government collapsed on Sunday after the army urged Morales to resign.

According to the Los Tiempos newspaper, the plane sent by the Mexican government to take Morales out of the country landed in the Bolivian city of Chimore.

Demonstrators stand behind a barricade near Murillo square after Bolivia's Presidente Evo Morales announced his resignation on Sunday, in La Paz Bolivia November 11, 2019.

Morales supporters battled police in La Paz, Bolivia's biggest city, and also in El Alto. "Soon I will return with more strength and energy".

She spoke after arriving at the legislature in La Paz under heavy guard.

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Its right-wing opponents in Bolivia's traditional ruling oligarchy were able to exploit Morales's attempt to secure himself another term as president-in violation of the constitution and the results of a 2016 referendum-to win a popular base for its counterrevolutionary objectives.

"In the parlance of American empire", Cohen said, "a military coup is considered an expression of democracy".

Morales repeated on Monday accusations that he was the victim of a conspiracy by enemies including election rival Carlos Mesa and protest leader Luis Fernando Camacho.

Morales earlier in the day had already accepted calls for a new election by an Organization of American States team that found a "heap of observed irregularities" in the October 20 election whose official result showed Morales getting just enough votes to avoid a runoff against a united opposition.

Both the New York Times and the Washington Post published editorials Tuesday supporting the coup and suggesting that it was a blow for "democracy", and that the role of the military in forcing Morales out was merely incidental. The only other official listed by the constitution as a presidential successor, the head of the lower house, had resigned earlier. The team reported a "heap of observed irregularities" in the October 20 election whose official results showed Morales getting just enough votes to avoid a runoff that analysts said he could lose against a united opposition.

The leadership crisis had escalated in the hours leading up Morales' resignation.

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Foes celebrated Morales' departure but also moved to find a temporary successor before a presumed new election in the landlocked nation that is one of South America's poorest, dependent on farming and natural gas.

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