Evo Morales aligns himself with Fidel Castro's "anti-imperialist campain"
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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.
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.
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Published: 2005/12/30 16:03:59 GMT
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