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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Bolivian Interior Minister Arturo Murillo has asked the Mexican authorities to withdraw asylum from the former head of the presidential administration, Juan Ramon Quintana, who is holed up at the Mexican Embassy in the Bolivian capital La Paz, media reported Saturday.

    "In the case of Juan Ramon Quintana, the Mexican Embassy must drop him at the gate, from where we will take him to court", Murillo said to reporters as cited by newspaper Los Tiempos.

    Murillo went on to say that Mexico should not "shelter criminals" and that Quintana had vowed to turn Bolivia into a modern Vietnam, Los Tiempos wrote.

    Earlier in the week, Bolivian interim Foreign Minister Karen Longaric handed the Mexican ambassador to the country five arrest warrants for high-ranking officials in the toppled government of Evo Morales, who are taking refuge in the embassy. They have all been charged with sedition and terrorism, according to the Public Prosecutor’s office.

    Bolivia, earlier in the month, experienced a change in leadership following mass protests against the results of the October general election. Evo Morales stepped down as president on 10 November and fled to Mexico. Most of Bolivia’s senior officials resigned in the wake of Morales' departure. This resulted in the Senate's second vice speaker, opposition lawmaker Jeanine Anez, declaring herself interim president. Morales has characterised the situation as a coup.


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