Chile's new interior.minister, the Army commander-in-Chief, General ??? Prats, has pledged to end within forty-eight?
Chile's new interior.minister, the Army commander-in-Chief, General ??? Prats, has pledged to end within forty-eight hours, a 24-day old ???years' strike which has disrupted supplies of food and fuel throughout the country.
General Prats, appointed Interior Minister in a major reshuffle of the Cabinet on Thursday night (2 November), said in a statement that he would open talks with strike leaders in order to reach a rapid settlement of the strike.
General Prats, who temporarily resigned as Army commander to take over the Interior Ministry, became the first member of the armed forces in Chilean history to be appointed to the key portfolio.
In the reshuffle, President Allende introduced two other members of the armed forces into the Cabinet. All told, there were eight changes among the 15 ministers and a promise of three more.
The shake-up came after the combined opposition, which holds a majority in both Houses of Congress, threatened to censure four ministers in the previous Cabinet for alleged unconstitutional action against the strikers.