Former Bolivian President Evo Morales has returned to Bolivia after a year in exile in Argentina. Moralkes crossing the La Quiaca River at the Horacio Guzmán International Bridge in the Argentina–Bolivia border from the border town of La Quiaca to the border town of Villazón escorted by the Argentinian president Alberto Fernández, after 11 months in exile and one day after the new Bolivian President Luis Arce was sworn in to office.
“I didn’t expect to return so soon,” Morales told the cheering crowd that met him.
Morales served as the President of Bolivia from 2006 to 2019. Widely regarded as the country’s first president to come from its indigenous population, his administration focused on the implementation of leftist policies, social programs, and combating the influence of the United States and multinational corporations. Ideologically a socialist, he is the head of the Movement for Socialism (MAS) party.