Bolivia's Indians help drive president from office
Monday, October 20, 2003

Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada resigned last week in response to violent protests largely spearheaded by the nation's indigenous population.

Vice President Carlos Mesa was sworn in as president on Saturday and moved to address issues raised by indigenous people, who make up 60 percent of the population. He created a cabinet position for Indian affairs, made an agreement with Evo Morales, a popular Indian leader and congressman, and met with Native groups.

Mesa said the country will hold new elections. In the most recent election, Morales almost defeated de Lozada.

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