The two children of former Bolivia president Evo Morales arrived in Buenos Aires from Lima, Peru, on Saturday, as protests and clashes continue to grip their home nation.
Evaliz Morales Alvarado and Álvaro Morales Peredo arrived on a commercial flight to Ezeiza International Airport on the outskirts of Buenos Aires at around 4pm, airport sources confirmed. They had stopped in the Peruvian capital after departing from La Paz.
Both were picked up on the runway, without making contact with a dozen representatives of the Bolivian community in Argentina who were waiting for them inside the airport.
"Welcome Evaliz and Álvaro", "No to the coup in Bolivia" and "The struggle continues, the people win," were some of the posters held up by supportive Bolivians, who were waiting for their arrival..
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Speaking from Mexico, where he has taken asylum after resigning on November 10, Evo Morales warned this week that his daughter was being accused of "illicit enrichment."
"The accusation against my daughter Evaliz is another example of the lies and the defamations to which the de facto regime goes," he wrote on Twitter.
However, in a response posted on the same social network, Interior Minister Arturo Murillo said that Morales' children had received guarantees they would be able to leave Bolivia in safety before their departure.
"Children do not respond for the crimes of the parents," Murillo said pointedly.
Neither Evaliz nor Álvaro have held public office. They have been at the Mexican Embassy in La Paz since his father's resignation.
Argentine Foreign Ministry sources rejected rumous the duo were going to seek asylums.
President-elect Alberto Fernández visited the couple on Saturday afternoon, according to local press.