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.