Mexico grants asylum to Bolivia's Evo Morales

U.S. urges Bolivian lawmakers to accept Morales resignation soon

U.S. urges Bolivian lawmakers to accept Morales resignation soon

Mexico's foreign secretary said Morales had requested the asylum, and the country will oblige.

The weeks of protests were held in the wake of a disputed election where Morales claimed he won a 4 term in office.

Mr Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous leader, stepped down after the head of the army publicly called on him to leave his post.

He said "violent groups" attacked his house.

"His life and integrity is at risk", Mr Ebrard told reporters.

"We will immediately proceed to inform Bolivia's foreign ministry that under global law, it should offer safe conduct" to Morales, Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters on Monday.

The Mexican government says that it has informed the OAS and will inform the United Nations, invoking the global protection of the life and integrity of Evo Morales.

The Washington-based OAS delivered a report on Sunday citing serious irregularities during Bolivia's October vote.

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The latest development comes after US President Donald Trump issued his own statement on the matter, calling the resignation of Morales a "significant moment for democracy in the Western Hemisphere".

POTUS concluded his remarks by stating that the stepping down of Morales sends a "strong signal to the illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail".

"After almost 14 years and his recent attempt to override the Bolivian constitution and the will of the people, Morales's departure preserves democracy and paves the way for the Bolivian people to have their voices heard", he said.

"The United States applauds the Bolivian people for demanding freedom and the Bolivian military for abiding by its oath to protect not just a single person, but Bolivia's constitution", he said.

Argentina last month elected a left-leaning leader as voters rejected economic policies aimed at stabilizing the economy but that deepened poverty and inflation.

Pro-Morales protestors marched on the legislature, with succession still in doubt after the vice president and the president of the Bolivian Senate - who were next in line for leadership- also resigned.

In light of Sunday's events, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had indicated on his Twitter account that Mexico would be willing to grant Morales asylum.

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