A few days ago, the news broke that Evo Morales, the former president of Bolivia who was recently forced to resign his post, would ask for political asylum in Argentina after having spent the last month in Mexico and made a medical visit to Cuba. In fact, the former head of the Bolivian Movement Towards Socialism is already within the national territory. He is even being looked for a house in Salta. But the request has not been accepted by the Argentine government without conditions.
The essential condition for Evo Morales' asylum in ArgentinaEvoMorales, as soon as he arrived at Ezeiza, submitted his application for political refugee, which was accepted almost immediately due to previous conversations with the new Executive.
However, Felipe Solá took it upon himself to emphasize that there was one indispensable condition. In the midst of an unprecedented wave of protests around the world, especially in Latin America, the former Bolivian leader will not be able to make any statements about the situation in his country on Argentine soil. This condition, although somewhat reluctantly, has been accepted by Evo Morales, who has accepted the post offered by his party to be the director of his electoral campaign for the elections to be held in 2021.However, before that, the Movement towards Socialism will have to choose a new candidate through a primary process.
Why Evo Morales has chosen Argentina and, in particular, Salta to resideThere areseveral reasons that explain this fact. First, it should be noted that the former indigenous president has two children currently residing in Argentina.
Since he was relieved of his post, he stated that one of his main priorities was to be with them again. Furthermore, in geographical terms, Argentina is much closer to Bolivia than Mexico, which will allow him to maintain a more fluid contact with his country of origin. Currently, it is estimated that 2 million Bolivians reside in Argentina. In fact, it is the largest community of Bolivian-born people outside its borders.
And, for the most part, they have expressed themselves in its favour. Just think that, in the last elections that were annulled, in 1982 these migrants voted in favor of Evo Morales and that most of the protests about the situation in the country held outside of Bolivia have been in Buenos Aires. Therefore, being in Argentina will allow him, on the one hand, to maintain direct contact with a large community of Bolivians with the right to vote and to continue doing politics as long as he wishes but without making public statements. In addition, you will be able to be close to part of your family and maintain a direct communication relationship with the Movement Towards Socialism in order to coordinate the party's next electoral campaign.
In short, for Evo Morales, being a refugee in Argentina only has advantages.