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Judge sworn in as new president of Bolivia

The chief judge of Bolivia's top court was sworn in as the country's president on Thursday after the resignation of Carlos Mesa was accepted by the Congress.

Eduardo Rodr�guez, the president of Bolivia's Supreme Court, was sworn in after two controversal politicians opposed by Indian leaders stepped aside. Indian activists promised more protests if Hormando Vaca D�ez, the Senate president, and Mario Coss�o, the House of Delegates president, were selected.

The selection of Rodriguez, who is not affiliated with any particular party, was seen as a positive move by Indian leaders because the constitution requires him to call new elections within five months.

Indians have led protests in the capital of La Paz for the past three weeks. They took their opposition yesterday to Sucre, where the new president was named.

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Court Chief Assumes Presidency in Bolivia (The Washington Post 6/10)
Top Court Judge Takes Bolivia Presidency (AP t 6/10)
Bolivia Congress Names New President, Setting Stage for Elections (The New York Times 6/10)
Bolivian Supreme Court Chief Named President (The Los Angeles Times 6/10)

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