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45135Evo Morales aligns himself with Fidel Castro's "anti-imperialist campain"

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  • michael walker
    Dec 31, 2005
      BBC NEWS | Americas | New Bolivian leader visits Cuba

      New Bolivian leader visits Cuba
      Bolivian president-elect Evo Morales has arrived in
      Cuba on his first foreign trip since a sweeping
      election victory earlier this month. Mr Morales was
      warmly welcomed by Cuban President Fidel Castro, who
      sent a jet to collect him and about 60 supporters. Mr
      Morales is set to become Bolivia's first indigenous
      president next month. Correspondents say his meetings
      with Fidel Castro are sure to be marked by anti-US
      rhetoric and calls for Latin American unity.

      'US nightmare'
      An official Cuban government statement said Mr
      Morales' visit was "in keeping with the historic and
      profound relations of brotherhood and solidarity
      between the Bolivian and Cuban people".
      Mr Morales will also visit a number of other countries
      including Brazil, China and South Africa - but not the
      US - ahead of his inauguration next month. Earlier
      this week, Mr Morales gave an interview to the Arabic
      TV station al-Jazeera in which he accused President
      George Bush of practising terrorism in Iraq. He also
      said the White House had run a dirty campaign to try
      to stop him winning office. US officials have said
      they will judge Mr Morales by his actions, not his

      But correspondents say there is no doubt Washington is
      concerned about a politician who has described himself
      as a "nightmare for the US". Following his election
      earlier this month, Mr Morales said he would join what
      he called President Castro's anti-imperialist
      struggle. Mr Morales was elected president with nearly
      54% of the vote, the biggest support for any candidate
      since democracy was restored in Bolivia in the 1980s.

      Story from BBC NEWS:

      Published: 2005/12/30 16:03:59 GMT

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