Ousted Bolivian president Evo Morales told Reuters on Friday that new elections could be held without him.
His words - potentially removing a major obstacle to choosing Bolivia’s new leader.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) OUSTED BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT EVO MORALES, SAYING: "For the sake of democracy, if they don't want me to take part, I have no problem not taking part in new elections.
I just wonder why there is so much fear of Evo but I'm willing to set priorities and willing to bring peace to Bolivia." Under intense pressure - Morales’ 14-year socialist rule ended on Sunday, after violent protests sparked by accusations of vote rigging in the October election.
He then accepted an offer of asylum from the Mexican government.
A plane was sent to bring him to Mexico City... and days later, Morales received the city’s highest honor as a ‘distinguished citizen.’ But on Friday, Morales told reporters he sees a way back into his home country.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) OUSTED BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT EVO MORALES, SAYING: "...I repeat, if the assembly approves my resignation I can return like any other Bolivian citizen." Bolivia’s interim President Jeanine Anez, who took over on Tuesday after a spate of resignations, has said she wants to mend bridges with Morales' political party.
But she said Morales himself would NOT be a welcomed candidate in the next election.