NEW COMPLAINT LODGED VS EX-BOLIVIAN PREXY FOR AFFAIR WITH MINOR
The Bolivian Ministry of Justice is investigating new complaints against the former head of state Evo Morales for his relationship with a young woman, who allegedly had his child at age 16, the ministry of justice announced Monday.
The girl became pregnant when she was still 15-years-old, local media reported. The ex-president is said to have had a relationship with the now 19-year-old woman when she was a minor, according to the ministry. He had been accused of seducing a minor and human trafficking, with a rape complaint now added, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported on August 25, 2020.
In a radio interview on the weekend, Morales had commented on the case for the first time, albeit indirectly, saying he disagrees with the use of female partners in political affairs.
According to Morales, the judicial processes are aimed at splitting the leftist MAS party, of which he is still chairman. The young woman confirmed the relationship with Morales, local media reported. She reportedly met him at the age of 16, but said they were not lovers until she was of legal age. In recent days, photographs had circulated in the media and on social media showing the ex-president with a young woman.Morales, 60, is currently living in exile in Argentina after he resigned in November 2019 under military pressure. The young woman has reportedly visited him in Argentina.