Bolivia's Indians march to celebrate power
Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Thousands of Bolivia's indigenous population marched in the capital on Monday to celebrate the ouster of former president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada.

The march also served as a rally for the newfound power of the nation's indigenous, who make up more than 60 percent of the population but remain in the lower rungs of society. Indian leaders are gaining in popularity and stature as they battle for a greater voice in their own country.

Vice President Carlos Mesa has been sworn in as president. He has created a new Cabinet position for Indian affairs and said he will hold elections as soon as possible. Indian leader Evo Morales nearly won the last election.

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President's Ouster Brings Pride to Bolivia's Indians (The Washington Post 10/21)

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