Pubdate: Thu, 22 Sep 2005
Source: Ogdensburg Journal/Advance News (NY)
Copyright: 2005 Johnson Newspaper Corp.
Author: Associated Press
Bookmark: (Cocaine)


LA PAZ, Bolivia - Indian leader Evo Morales said he would reject
Washington' s policy of eradicating much of Bolivia's coca crop fi he
is elected president and pledged he would work to legalize the leaf
used to make cocaine.

Morales, a front-runner in this Andean nation's Dec. 4 election, is an
Aymara Indian who led protest that help oust President Carlos Mesa in
June and led to the calling of the December vote.

He rose to power ten years ago as the leader of the coca growers of
the Chapara region, where U.S.-backed eradication efforts are focused.
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