The leader of El Salvador's Christian Democratic Party, Jose Napoleon Duarte, was sworn in as a member of the country's ruling civilian-military junta on Monday (10 March).
GV INTERIOR Members of junta enter hall with junta members Colonel Adolf Majano welcoming members (2 shots)
GV Christian Democrat leader Napolean Duarte walking in to take oath of allegiance
GV Swearing in ceremony
SV Majano and Duarte shaking hands and embracing
CU PULL OUT TO GV Duarte signing book
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Background: The leader of El Salvador's Christian Democratic Party, Jose Napoleon Duarte, was sworn in as a member of the country's ruling civilian-military junta on Monday (10 March). Mr Duarte is popularly regarded as El Salvador's most influential moderate politician. He replaces Hector Hirezi Dada, who resigned from the junta a week ago because of unspecified policy disagreements.
SYNOPSIS: Dada's departure marked the second time this year that the coalition has been weakened by the resignations of moderate Christian Democrats. In January, three civilian junta members resigned along with thirty-six top government officials to protest alleged right-wing military repression.
Mr Duarte is founder and chef officer of the Christian Democratic Party. After losing the Presidential election to right-wing General Autoro Molin in 1972, he fled to Venezuela. Last October Mr Duarte returned to El Salvador from his seven-year exile and received a hero's welcome from cheering crowds. Ten days previously the right-wing regime of President Carlos Humber to Romero had been toppled by a moderate military coup and on his arrival in the country Mr Duarte pledged his support for the new ruling junta.
Mr Duarte was chosen to join the junta after a day-long convention of the Christian Democratic Party on Sunday (9 March)