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Former Bolivian President Evo Morales has applied for refugee status in Argentina instead of political asylum after arriving in the country, Reuters reported.

Morales was granted asylum in Argentina and was on his way to “definitive refugee status,” the Argentine interior ministry said in a statement. Center-left President Alberto Fernandez, a Morales ally, was inaugurated on Tuesday. 

Morales, who was granted political asylum in Mexico after resigning as president, and Montagno arrived in Buenos Aires on Thursday morning. The Argentine government earlier granted them and three other former members of the Morales administration political asylum.

Argentina’s new Foreign Minister Felipe Sola said on an Argentine TV station that the government wanted a commitment from Morales to not make political statements while in the country. 

“We hope that Argentina rigorously complies with the principles and rules of the right of asylum and the right of refuge and that what happened in Mexico - that had an open microphone, an open arena for policy making - does not occur,” Longaric said.

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