Morales has remained heavily involved in politics and has been particularly vocal on social media since
fleeing to Mexico last month following his resignation.
Bolivia’s interim government initially petitioned Mexico to prevent
Morales from making political statements, but to no avail. Now that
he’s closer to home in neighbouring
Argentina, the interim government
has decided to act.
“We’re going to ask whether it’s
allowed for refugees to broadcast
political opinions or take part in
political events that threaten the
stability of the country that is pursuing them,” said Foreign Minister
Bolivia issued an arrest warrant
for Morales on Wednesday after the
interim government accused him of
“terrorism” and “sedition.” They accuse the iconic leftist indigenous
leader of fomenting unrest and released an audio recording in which
he allegedly tells one of his supporters to block trucks and interrupt the
food supply to several cities.
Morales, 60, claims the audio recording is a fake. He resigned and
fled Bolivia last month after civil
unrest broke out following his reelection in an October 20 poll widely
dismissed as rigged.
The result was annulled following
an Organisation of American States
audit that found clear evidence of
vote rigging. The European Union
said Friday its own mission team had
discovered “errors and irregularities” in an audit.
Former union leader Morales
claims he was the victim of a coup
d’état and denounced the arrest order as “illegal, unfair and unconstitutional.”
The government of right-wing interim President Jeanine Áñez has
repeatedly said it will hold new elections, but no date has yet been set.
Morales is barred from running in
the next elections, but while speaking on Tuesday in Buenos Aires, he
vowed to back whoever stands for
his Movement for Socialism (MAS)
“I’m convinced that we’ll win the
next elections. I won’t be a candidate but I have a right to be in politics,”
Morales, who played football with
Tourism and Sports Minister Matías
Lammens this week, told reporters
at a press conference on Tuesday.
Morales spoke of meeting
Argentina’s new leaders as he launched his party’s election campaign
from the Liniers neighbourhood of
the capital, a part of the City with a
large Bolivian community. MAS has
named Morales as their election
“My obligation now that I’m not a
candidate, now that I’m not the president, is to accompany candidates
so that they can win the elections,”