President Juan Maria Bordaberry of Uruguay agreed on Monday (12 February) to set up a National Security Council and give the military a say in the appointments to the Government's key Interior and Military portfolios.
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Background: President Juan Maria Bordaberry of Uruguay agreed on Monday (12 February) to set up a National Security Council and give the military a say in the appointments to the Government's key Interior and Military portfolios. These conditions were granted in a bid to settle the military revolt which started in uruguay last week.
The 44-year-old President also agreed to the other demands by the Armed Forces Chiefs to bolster the nation's economic development. The Government will also replace Uruguay's ambassadors to Peru and France.
Uruguay's serious political crisis began last week when the Army and Air Force demanded the dismissal of a newly-appointed Defence Minister. The Minister, retired Army General Antonio Francese resigned, but President Bordaberry held out against other demands.
The Navy, which had supported the President, however, went over to the rebel camp on Sunday (11 February) night.
The Security Council, to be set up in the Defence Ministry, will include the Ministers of Defence, Interior, Foreign Affairs and Economy as well as top-ranking officers of the Armed Forces. The Council's main objective will be to carry out a programme imposed by the military including land reform, aid for the poor and ending corruption in the civil service.
SYNOPSIS: Strict security surrounded the Uruguayan Air Force Base in Montevideo on Monday. President Bordaberry was to meet Chiefs of the Armed Forces there in a bid to settle the military revolt which erupted last week.
The Army and Air Force had demanded Senor Bordaberry's resignation if he refused to accept conditions under which they said he should govern.
A helicopter flew the President to the Air Base for the meeting at which he agreed to set up a National Security Council, and give the military a say in important Government appointments. The Council's main objective will be to carry out a military programme including land reform, aid for the poor and ending corruption in the civil service.