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Weekly Report - 14 November 2019 (WR-19-45)

MEXICO: Opposition up in arms over Morales asylum

Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard greeted Bolivia’s Evo Morales with a warm embrace on 12 November after he disembarked in Mexico City airport from a jet sent to pick him up. Even while the plane was in the sky, there was political turbulence in Mexico. While Ebrard unequivocally denounced the events surrounding Morales’s resignation as constituting a “coup d’état” and said that it was “a happy day to grant asylum to Evo Morales”, much of Mexico’s political opposition savaged the decision. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is now under pressure to explain how his government’s stance on Morales fits within his avowed commitment to a foreign policy of non-intervention, and whether leftist radicals in his party and government are calling the shots.

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