In Bolivia, Senate leader Mr. Walter Guevara Arze has been sworn in as the country's?
In Bolivia, Senate leader Mr. Walter Guevara Arze has been sworn in as the country's interim President (on Wednesday 8 August) -- the first step back to democracy after fifteen years of army rule.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Walter Guevara Arze was voted to the post of interim President after congress failed to produce a clear winner from the two leading candidates -- leftist Herman Siles S???azo and centrist Victor Paz Estenssoro, both former Presidents. There were seven inconclusive ballots before parliamentarians settled on the compromise of Mr. Guevara -- a former foreign minister.
Mr. Guevara and his new cabinet, sworn in on Thursday (9 August),will lead the South American republic for one year while a new president is found. It was left to Parliament to choose the interim President because none of the candidates in the July elections won a sufficient majority.
Mr. Guevara said he wanted to form a broad-based cabinet and he included some military officers in the group. The new Foreign Minister is Gustavo Fernandez Saavendra. He and the other members of the cabinet formally took office in the oath-taking ceremony.
A day earlier Mr. Guevara Arze appeared before the Congress to accept the Presidency from the outgoing Head of State General David Padilla. He received his medals of office from the President of the Congress Miss Lidia Gueiler. General Padilla, in a broadcast message,said that the armed forces who seized power last November had fulfilled their mission. Bolivia has had two hundred coups d'etat since gaining independence from Spain in August 1825.
General Padilla said he took over last November to speed up a return to constitutional rule. The man he overthrew, General Juan Pereda, had seized power after the electoral court annulled the elections he won in July 1978, citing widespread fraud. Under the current parliamentary compromise; Mr. Guevara Arze must call Presidential elections within a year and hand over power to winner on the 6th of August, 1980