When López Obrador was elected president of Mexico last year, he invited Morales to his inauguration. Morales anointed his friend "the radiant hope for the people of Mexico". In 2010 López Obrador wrote to Morales to express his "deep respect for the way in which you could represent the noble, conscious and progressive people of Bolivia". "
Until this week, this loyalty seemed to have little geopolitical relevance, more a rhetorical link between the avant-gardes of Latin American populism, a dwindling group of leaders in the era of the Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro, the Colombian Iván Duque and the Chilean Sebastián Piñera . " 1
9659002] Then, on Sunday, Morales was forced out of power due to a devastating election test and growing opposition protests, and Mexico immediately offered him political asylum. On Monday, Morales accepted this offer. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Morales' life is in danger.
Apart from that, Morales & # 39; s López Obrador can confirm his left good faith after a year in which he has taken a series of tough measures against immigration against the Trump administration and pushed for the adoption of a new free trade agreement for North America.
In these actions many have seen here how López Obrador turned away from his left roots and to a sort of centrism, especially in his foreign policy. However, with the welcoming of Morales, he participates in one of the most volatile political conflicts in the region, with the potential for negative consequences.
When Morales left Bolivia on a Mexican Air Force plane Monday night, it was unclear where he would be land, how long he would stay or what he would do.
In Bolivia, violent protests continued overnight without Morales's resignation On his request, soldiers were walking on the streets of La Paz and El Alto, saying they had been attacked, and that violent groups were burning, plundering, and destroying transit offices, patrol cars, and police headquarters more than 25 people have been arrested
At least five people have died since riots began in the past month, including Colonel Heybert Antelo, a police commander in La Paz was injured in a car accident on Tuesday.
Former President Carlos Mesa, who Morales finished second in the controversial elections last month, condemning the violence and praising the armed forces for their decision to help pacify the country. He expressed "solidarity" with the "hundreds of Bolivians who were victims of violent MAS groups who sowed violence and terror and destroyed a large part of Bolivia."
MAS, the Movement for Socialism, is the party of Morales. Protesters of the opposition are also charged with violence.
Jeanine Añez, second vice president of the Senate, said legislators would meet on Tuesday to accept the resignations and appoint them as new Senate Chairmen, which would lead them into constitutional succession serving as interim president and paving the way to discuss the future.
Opposition leader Luis Fernando Camacho called on people to gather outside the congregation to "guarantee constitutional succession" and to support Añez as president.
new nation, we're building a new home, "he said in a video statement. "Respect is fundamental."
The split in Mexico was immediately apparent. In Mexico City, the two main Twitter trend topics were in Spanish: #EvoWelcomeToMexico and # EvoYou & # 39; reNotWelcomeInMexico.
"I'm sure it's good to grant Morales asylum," said Carlos Bravo Regidor, a Mexican politician analyst. "But is it right for Mexican foreign policy interests? I dont know.
"Where does Mexico leave? Are we now part of the Bolivarian axis? "
Some analysts said that they agreed to the asylum offer as long as it did not contain an ideological message: the Mexican constitution does not allow the re-election of a president, which is Morales's attempt to stay in power in Bolivia for many people
"I hope the Mexican government does not send the message that there is ideological support" If this is just a humanitarian response, if only it stays in it, I support it, "said Emilio Alvarez Icaza , an independent senator and former human rights activist, "but if the Mexican government wants to build from here to legitimize the extension of López Obrador's mandate, I would speak out."
Krygier reported from Miami.