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BOLIVIA SEEKS ARREST OF EXILED FORMER PRESIDENT EVO MORALES

Bolivian prosecutors on Monday charged former president Evo Morales with terrorism and asked for him to be preventively detained, the national news agency ABI reported on July 7, 2020.


The charges are based on voice recordings in which the ex-president allegedly urges a coca farmers' leader to make Morales' supporters block roads to cities and leave them without food after protests had forced him to leave the country last November. Protests both for and against Morales raged for weeks after he was accused of fraud in October elections, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.

Bolivia's leftist president of 13 years had to resign, and Jeanine Anez, a conservative, took power as interim president. Morales, who is currently in Argentina, which has granted him refugee status, denounced the government action.

Prosecutors had already issued an arrest warrant for Morales late last year. The electoral tribunal rejected a bid by Morales to seek a fourth term in elections scheduled for September 6.