The Latest: Mexico says Morales ouster was military coup

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Bolivia (all times local):

10 a.m.

Mexico is describing the ouster of former Bolivian President Evo Morales as a military coup.

Marcelo Ebrard, the Mexican foreign minister, said Monday that the Bolivian military’s call for Morales to resign had violated “the constitutional order” in Bolivia.

Ebrard says Mexico still considers Morales to be the legitimate leader of Bolivia and that the Organization of American States should hold an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis there.

The Mexican foreign minister indicated that Morales, who resigned Sunday, would be welcome to seek asylum in Mexico.

“What happened yesterday is a step back for the whole continent,” Ebrard said. “We’re very worried.”

—By Maria Verza in Mexico City

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9:50 a.m.

Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell says Spain is worried by the power vacuum in Bolivia following the resignation of President Evo Morales.

Morales was pushed by the military and weeks of massive protests after an Oct. 20 national election was marred by allegations of fraud.

“We are worried because we don’t know who is going to take on this process and because it was the intervention of the army calling on the president to step down that has created this power vacuum,” Borrell told reporters Monday.

Borrell, who takes over as the European Union’s diplomacy boss in December, called for elections to be held in the country as soon as possible and for security to be preserved for all Bolivians, including Morales and his aides.

—By Aritz Parra in Madrid.

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9:30 a.m.

Angry supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales have set up barricades to block roads leading to the country’s main airport.

Smoke billowed from some flaming barricades early Monday as tension gripped La Paz and surrounding areas after Morales resigned.

A large mural near the airport in the city of El Alto read: “Evo: the people need you.”

Morales resigned on Sunday after nearly 14 years in power. He was forced out by the military and weeks of massive protests over a disputed election that he claimed to have won.

—By Luis Andres Henao in La Paz.

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