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Latest update : 2008-09-17

Bolivian troops arrested the governor of Pando, a northern province recently rocked by deadly clashes between pro- and anti-government factions, though President Evo Morales said he still hoped to agree shortly to formal talks with rivals.


Authorities in Bolivia on Tuesday arrested the governor of the restive state of Pando, Leopoldo Fernandez, in connection with the deaths of at least several people during last week's clashes between pro- and anti-government factions.
  
Fernandez is a major player in a long-running conflict between President Evo Morales and rebel governors that blew up into deadly unrest last week, after soldiers seized control of the northern state under martial law.
  
Soldiers for several days had been trying to arrest Fernandez for refusing to comply with the martial law order.
  
Pando and several other governors are demanding Morales drop plans to rewrite the constitution along socialist lines, abandon land reforms, and recognize their ambitions for autonomy.
  
Several people were killed and at least 100 wounded last week's violence in across Bolivia.

Date created : 2008-09-16

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