Santiago (AFP) – Exiled former Bolivian president Evo Morales said in an interview published Sunday that he wants to return home and run for senator in May elections.
Morales fled the country in December after the army withdrew its support for him amid violent protests over his disputed re-election to a fourth straight term.
He now lives in Argentina, and said he would like to come home even though he is being investigated for possible charges of sedition and terrorism.
In an interview with the Chilean newspaper La Tercera, Morales said that the night he left Bolivia, heading first to Mexico, he carried with him a suitcase with some clothes, a bit of food and two or three thousand dollars.
He said his replacement by acting president Jeanine Anez amounted to a putsch.
“What we lost with the coup we will recover on May 3 in democracy,” Morales was quoted as saying.
He said he will run for a seat in the Senate and declared himself a “victim of the US empire.”
He said he would like to return home despite the probes launched against him following the release of an audio tape in which he allegedly calls on supporters to attack cities and cut off food supplies.
“We are assessing this. Who would not like to return?” Morales said. “I am sure the people of Bolivia are crying for me to return.”