Bolivian President Evo Morales sacked Defense Minister Jorge Ledezma on Tuesday over a controversial sweater he wore on a humanitarian visit to the Chilean region of Copiapó, which was recently ravaged by heavy rains and flooding.
Not diplomatic, Jorge. Though this was a nice touch;When Ledezma arrived in Chile on Thursday, March 26, to deliver 13,000 liters of bottled water for the victims of the disaster, his pullover bore a logo stating “The sea belongs to Bolivia,” with a map of the country including the territory administered by Chile that Bolivia claims as its own.
Ledezma, former ambassador to Peru, told CNN Chile that he had no intention to provoke Chilean sensibilities.
“It was a bit cold and I had to put on the vest. It was the only thing I had,” he said.