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World Briefing / BOLIVIA

Morales replaces Pando governor

September 21, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

President Evo Morales named a military leader to replace the governor of a rebel province who was arrested last week, accused of organizing an ambush of government supporters that killed 15.

Navy Rear Adm. Landelino Bandeiras was sworn in as interim governor of Pando; he said his mission would be to pacify the northern state, which has been the site of the worst recent violence in a dispute between Morales and opposition-controlled provinces over natural gas revenues, land reform and a new constitution.

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