Bolivian president seeks US ambassador's ouster

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales is calling for the expulsion of the U.S. ambassador for allegedly encouraging anti-government protesters.

Morales says he has asked his foreign minister to send a note to the ambassador, Philip Goldberg, asking that he leave the country.

Bolivia's leftist president did not offer specific evidence on Wednesday in leveling the accusations.

His relations with Goldberg have been chilly ever since the American arrived in 2006.

Bolivia has been rocked for two weeks by increasingly violent protests led by Morales opponents in the country's more prosperous eastern lowlands.

The fight is over natural gas revenues and Morales' insistence that fallow farmland be given to landless Indians.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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