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Bolivia’s President Asks to See Love Child He Thought Was Dead

He asked for the child to be brought to him so he can assume his paternal responsibilities
By The News · 29 of February 2016 11:51:31
Evo Morales, Bolivia's President Evo Morales speaks during a press conference at the government palace in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Morales talked about Grabriela Zapata, his former lover who was working as a high-ranking executive at a Chinese firm, and who was arrested Friday 26. She has been part of a probe into alleged influence trafficking involving hundreds of millions of dollars in government contracts. (AP Photo/Juan Karita), No available

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivian President Evo Morales is asking to see a son he says he’d long thought dead. It’s a strange new twist in a scandal focused on his former girlfriend, who has been arrested as part of an influence-trafficking probe into the Chinese firm where she worked.

Outside the courthouse where Gabriela Zapata was charged on Saturday, a woman claiming to be her aunt said that the child is alive and named Ernesto Fidel.

Zapata has yet to comment.

Morales said Monday he doesn’t know why Zapata told him that the infant died shortly after birth in 2007. He asked for the child to be brought to him so he can assume his paternal responsibilities.