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Ecuador Chief Dissolves Junta

January 22, 2000

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) _ Ecuador’s military chief said early Saturday that a three-man provisional junta that took power after a chaotic rebellion had been dissolved and that the vice president would assume power.

Gen. Carlos Mendoza told Ecuador Radio that he decided to join the junta in order to ``prevent bloodshed″ after middle-level officers backed a rebellion by Indians against President Jamil Mahuad.

He said he had left the presidential palace with rebellious troops after midnight.

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