Bo­livia an­nounces ex­pul­sion of Mex­i­can, Span­ish am­bas­sadors

Orlando Sentinel - - NATION & WORLD -

LA PAZ, Bo­livia — Bo­livia’s in­terim pres­i­dent says her gov­ern­ment is ex­pelling the top Mex­i­can and Span­ish diplo­mats in the coun­try over an al­leged at­tempt by mem­bers of Bo­livia’s for­mer gov­ern­ment to leave refuge in the Mex­i­can Em­bassy with Span­ish help and flee the coun­try.

Spain ex­pelled three Bo­li­vian of­fi­cials Mon­day in re­sponse.

In­terim Pres­i­dent Jea­nine Anez said Am­bas­sador Maria Teresa Mer­cado, the Span­ish charge d’af­faires and the Span­ish con­sul were given 72 hours to leave the coun­try.

The in­ci­dent cen­ters on a group of nine for­mer of­fi­cials in the gov­ern­ment of de­posed Bo­li­vian Pres­i­dent Evo Mo­rales who sought refuge in the Mex­i­can Em­bassy after Mo­rales stepped down under pres­sure last month.

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