Evo Morales, traveling to Cuba

The Mexican Foreign Secretary announced that Morales had left Mexico on Friday morning.

LatinAmerican Post | Juliana Suárez

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Leer en español: Evo Morales, de viaje en Cuba

During a month, the former president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, remained in political asylum in Mexico, after his resignation for what he called a coup d'etat. Morales' permanence in Cuba will be only temporary, according to the Secretariat, since he is still isolated in the Central American country.

It was listed as a temporary trip by Roberto Velasco, the Mexican Foreign Secretary, and the reasons given, although not yet confirmed by Morales or any Cuban authority, are medical reasons. Evo was attended during his 13 years in the presidency by Cuban doctors, sometimes in La Paz and others in Havana.



According to the former Health Minister of Bolivia in statements for EFE, "President Evo Morales is in Cuba for a medical consultation with the Cuban medical team that previously attended him in Bolivia." It seems that this is one of those times that the indigenous ex-president will go to the island for a follow-up of his treatments.

Political tensions

Although the reasons given result in a personal issue of the former president, the conditions in which he left Bolivia and the involvement of Cuba's left could have some consequences in the relations of the two countries with the current Bolivian government; there could be a response to the existing political tensions between Bolivia and Mexico.

Tension has ruled the political environment in Bolivia almost for two months, after the results of the presidential elections of October 20, which were described as fraudulent by the opposition. After the demonstrations following the results, which threw Morales again as a winner, he ended up resigning and leaving the country to Mexico.

In response to the reception of the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, was blunt in rejecting the action. Although Áñez has not terminated relations with Mexico, the new Bolivian government said days ago that there would be a redirection in relations with some countries, in which this could be included. In addition, the government assured that the fact that AMLO granted Morales political asylum made relations enter an "uncomfortable" phase.

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To this tension, between Mexico and Bolivia at the expense of the former president, is added the fact that the Organization of American States (OAS) published a report that had been preparing months ago that consisted of an audit of the electoral authority of Bolivia, the TSE. In the report, which culminated after the denunciation of fraud in the elections, it was determined that the court was biased to favor personal interests, which would affect the results of a clean election.

Before this OAS publication, Evo Morales had lashed out at the "coup right" for calling the elections fraud, when the OAS report only spoke of "irregularities."



Given this scenario, added to the fact that the current Bolivian government has shown an approach in its relations with the United States and began to distance itself from Venezuela, China, Russia and Mexico, it is possible that the reception of Cuba to Morales has consequences in relations bilateral of these countries.

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