Bolivia announces expulsion of Mexican, Spanish ambassadors
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.