Former Bolivia leader Morales in Argentina

Former Bolivian president Evo Morales has touched down in his new home of Buenos Aires.
Former Bolivian president Evo Morales has touched down in his new home of Buenos Aires.

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales has flown to Argentina, where the new centre-left government has granted him political asylum.

Argentina Foreign Minister Felipe Sola has told the Todo Noticias news channel that Morales' was "very appreciative" to be in Buenos Aires.

Morales will live in the capital with his two children, who arrived on November 23.

The former president fled Boliva for Mexico after nationwide protests and a loss of support from the police and military.

He then travelled to Cuba for several days.

Sola said Argentia's proximity to Bolivia was attractive to Morales.

"He feels better here than in Mexico, which is far away," said Sola, who took office on Tuesday in the new government of President Alberto Fernandez.

Sola said Morales would have a justified fear for his safety if he stayed in Bolivia.

"If we didn't take care of him he'd very quickly be afraid for his life," Sola said, adding that he hoped Morales would not make political statements from his new home in Argentina.

Morales was accompanied by at least four former high-ranking officials in his administration.

He has been accused of sedition and terrorism by the administration of interim President Jeanine Anez, who took power amid unrest that has claimed at least 32 lives.

Australian Associated Press