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ECUADOREAN ARMY WON'T BACK BUCARAM.

Byline: Diana Jean Schemo The New York Times

The armed forces have withdrawn their support for deposed president Abdala Bucaram in his efforts to remain in office, a key general said Saturday night. Later news reports said the military agreed the vice president should take the helm.

``The armed forces decided not to support lawyer Abdala Bucaram,'' said Gen. Jose Grijalva, commander for the southern province of Loja.

Later Saturday, broadcast reports said Vice President Rosalia Arteaga and congressional leader Fabian Alarcon were working out an agreement that would put Arteaga in the presidency.

The television and radio stations also reported that the military command and Congress had reached an agreement for Arteaga to take power. Congress was in a late-night session and temporarily suspended the meeting so that its leaders could go the headquarters of the joint military command.

Uncertainty over who was in charge of Ecuador had erupted Thursday, after the country's Congress voted to remove Bucaram on grounds of mental incompetence and install Alarcon as acting president. Bucaram rejected legislators' vote to oust him. Arteaga said she and not Alarcon is Bucaram's constitutional successor.
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Date:Feb 9, 1997
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