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Bolivia president expels US aid agency

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Sucre: Bolivian president Evo Morales has expelled the US development agency from his country for allegedly seeking to undermine his leftist government, Al-Jazeera reported.

Morales claimed on Wednesday that the USAID is involved with "alleged political interference in peasant unions and other social organisations."

He made the announcement before a crowd outside the presidential palace during a May Day rally.

"Never again, never again USAID, who manipulate and use our leaders, our colleagues with hand-outs," Morales said in announcing the expulsion.

He then ordered David Choquehuanca, Bolivia's foreign minister, to inform the US embassy of his decision.

The move marks the latest confrontation between Washington and a bloc of left-wing governments in the Western Hemisphere.

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