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Bolivian Lawmakers Reject President's Resignation Offer


Bolivian lawmakers have voted to reject a resignation offer from President Carlos Mesa.

Tuesday's vote came one day after President Mesa submitted his resignation to Congress after serving 17 months in office. He says several days of anti-government protests prompted his decision.

The demonstrations were sparked by a proposed law on taxing foreign oil firms that opponents say is too lenient. The protests have waned since Mr. Mesa offered to resign.

Earlier Tuesday, the United States and Mexico - co-chairs of the 19-nation Bolivia Support Group - said they fully support Bolivia's democratic government led by Mr. Mesa.

They say the current political issues in Bolivia can be resolved in a peaceful and democratic manner consistent with the country's constitution.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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