November 10, 2019 / 6:21 PM / 2 days ago

Mexican president praises Bolivian leader's call for new elections

FILE PHOTO: Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during his daily news conference at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico November 6, 2019. REUTERS/Luis Cortes

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Sunday praised Bolivian President Evo Morales’ decision to call for new elections, calling it a “triumph of democracy.”

“There are always attitudes, there is an authoritarian eagerness to want to resolve things with confrontation, with violence,” Lopez Obrador said in a video posted to his Twitter page. “The best method to resolve differences is the democratic one.”

Morales said on Sunday he would call for new elections after the Organisation of American States (OAS) released a report saying that a disputed Oct. 20 vote should be annulled due to irregularities.

Reporting by Sharay Angulo; writing by Julia Love; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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