Morales, who fled Bolivia for asylum in Mexico last week after being ousted in a right-wing military coup, said he regularly used helicopters multiple times a day and even in bad weather, and nothing like this last incident had ever happened.
In an exclusive interview with former leader of Ecuador Rafael Correa on RT Spanish, Morales said the incident – apparently a mechanical fault with the tail rotor – happened while he was flying to the opening ceremony for a new road.
Ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales said he has “zero doubt” that a mechanical failure that occurred on a helicopter he was traveling on last month was an “assassination attempt” and no accident.
“When the news came that we survived the crash that night, those who expected the president to die in it were disappointed,” he said. Over the following days, Morales recalled, police began to join protesters on the streets.
Deposed Bolivian president Evo Morales, has predicted a return to turbulent times for his country. He’d had a long-term development plan but the ‘coup’ ended a rare period of stability.
The socialist leader pinned blame for the alleged assassination attempt on Air Force General Jorge Gonzalo Terceros Lara, who he said had “changed completely” in recent times.
He also pointed to the fact that coup leader Luis Fernando Camacho had announced on the same day that Bolivians were about to “witness Evo’s fall” and that it would be “captured on video.”
Bolivia’s ousted president, Evo Morales, has told RT that the Organization of American States played a key role in deposing him, and that Bolivia’s huge reserves of lithium had spurred on the coup.
Tesla, whose electric cars use lithium in their batteries – saw its stock jump following Morales’ departure. Companies that manage to get a hold of Bolivia’s lithium stocks – estimated at around 900 million tons – stand to make a lucrative profit. Worldwide demand for the element is expected to more than double by 2025.
Morales fled Bolivia earlier this month shortly after winning re-election to the presidency. Opponents claimed that the election was fraudulent and, though Morales offered to hold a fresh vote, he lost the support of his police and military then sought asylum in Mexico.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.
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