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Bolivian president, opposition spar over official's killing

President Evo Morales and his political opponents traded recriminations Friday over the shocking beating death of a high-ranking government official by protesting miners who had blockaded a highway.

The killing of Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes underscored how Morales, a former coca growers' union leader, has increasingly found himself at odds with the same kind of popular social movements that fueled his rise to power and have made up his political base.

"This is a political conspiracy, not a social demand," Morales said at a news conference, accusing his political opponents of backing the miners' cause. He called for three days of official mourning,...

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