A conservative lawyer, Dr. Aparicio Mendez, was sworn in as President of Uruguay on Wednesday?
GV EXTERIOR Government House, Montevideo
CU Coat of Arms ZOOM OUT TO GV Dr. Alberto Demichelli (wearing sash) outgoing President, seated with incoming President Dr. Aparicio Mendez and government officials
CU Dr. Demichelli
CU Dr. Mendez
SV Ceremony in progress
SV Dr. Demichelli signing book, followed by Dr. Mendez and military official signing book
SV Government officials watch
GV Dr. Demichelli placing sash on Dr. Mendez
Former President Juan Bordaberry was elected in 1971, but closed the Uruguayan Congress in 1973 and ruled with military backing. He was replaced by Dr. Demichelli when he opposed the military's plans for an eventual return to civilian rule.
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Background: A conservative lawyer, Dr. Aparicio Mendez, was sworn in as President of Uruguay on Wednesday (1 September).
SYNOPSIS: The swearing-in ceremony was held at Government House in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo and was attended by the out-going president, Dr. Alberto Demichelli. Dr. Demichelli was appointed to the post in June after the armed forces ousted their civilian protege, Mr. Juan Maria Bordaberry.
Dr. Mendez, who is 72, will serve for five years until 1981, and will then be replaced by a candidate jointly named by the traditional Blanco (White) and Colorado (Red) parties. Under the transition plans worked out by the military, Dr. Mendez' successor will rule for an as yet unspecified time, before full democracy is re-instituted in the country. One of Dr. Mendez's first acts as president was to ban hundreds of people from participating in political activities for 15 years. Included in the ban were former president Bordaberry, several former parliamentarians and leading politicians.
Thousands of political figures, including the leaders of all existing parties, are now prohibited form the right to election or to hold public office.