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Bolivia's Ex-President Morales Arrives in Argentina as Refugee - Argentine Foreign Minister

© AP Photo / Rebecca BlackwellFormer Bolivian President Evo Morales, who was granted asylum in Mexico, looks up toward a video playing on a screen during a press conference in Mexico City, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.
Former Bolivian President Evo Morales, who was granted asylum in Mexico, looks up toward a video playing on a screen during a press conference in Mexico City, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.  - Sputnik International
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Earlier this month, Morales stayed in Mexico where he was granted asylum after the collapse of his government in November following a disputed election.

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales has arrived in Argentina as a refugee, Argentine Foreign Minister Felipe Sola said.

"He [Morales] has just arrived at the international terminal of Ezeiza International Airport [in Buenos Aires] and I think he has come to stay," Sola told Argentina's TN broadcaster.

Sola added that Morales arrived in the country together with former Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera after the Argentine Foreign Ministry granted them asylum the day before. The Argentine Interior Ministry will process their refugee status in the next few hours, he said.

According to Sola, once Morales' refugee status is confirmed, he will be prohibited from making political statements.

"We want Evo [Morales] to compromise and refrain from political statements in Argentina. This is the condition we asked from him," the foreign minister said.

Last week, Morales was in Mexico where he received asylum after his government collapsed in November following a disputed presidential election where he secured a fourth term. Mass protests broke out in Bolivia after the results of the election were announced.

Opposition lawmaker Jeanine Anez took over as interim president, while Morales characterised the situation as a coup. 

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