Marcelo Ebrard and Andrés Manuel López Obrador – Guillermo Granados / NOTIMEX / dpa – Archive
Ebrard says they still have no response from Morales regarding his asylum offer
The Mexican government has maintained on Monday that the events recorded the day before in Bolivia constitute a “coup d'etat” because the president of that country, Evo Morales, resigned after the Army asked for it and “to avoid a civil war “.
At a press conference, the Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, highlighted that after the Organization of American States (OAS) released its preliminary report on the elections of October 20 and requested the repetition of the appointment with the urns, “Morales proposed to make new elections” betting with it to resolve in this way “existing disputes.”
“Subsequently, the Army requested the resignation of the president and President Morales decided to present his resignation to avoid a civil war,” Ebrad continued, for whom “therefore it is a blow” since by requesting the resignation of the president the “violent” Army the constitutional order in the country. ”
He has also argued that “military coups have never brought anything positive, they suspend democratic life, people's rights and, therefore, we are very concerned.” According to the chancellor, what happened in Bolivia constitutes “a serious setback for democratic life” on the continent.
On the other hand, he has called for an urgent meeting of the OAS in the face of the “silence” of the organization after the latest events in Bolivia. “The first and essential article that the OAS founded is the defense of freedoms and democracy,” he recalled, denouncing that one cannot “keep silent in the face of serious events” of those registered.
According to Ebrard, Mexico's position in this crisis is “to claim, demand, respect for the constitutional order and democracy in Bolivia”, while saying that it maintains its asylum offer, something that “Mexico has always promoted and exercised in the very different historical circumstances, “which the country has gone through.
The minister has clarified that they have not yet received a response from Morales regarding his offer of asylum. “It is a Mexican tradition that dates from foreign policy … after the 30s of the last century,” he recalled, ensuring that it is one of the reasons for “pride” of the country and “we will defend it against the wind and tide. ”
On the other hand, he said that Mexico is waiting to know what “type of government is configured” in the country since there has been a “disruption of the constitutional order” by the intervention of the Army, while making it clear that the country “would not welcome any government that does not emanate from a legitimate electoral process.”