President Guillerma Rodriguez Lara of Ecuador arrived in Guayaquil on Friday (10 March) for a two day visit, accompanied by his ten Ministers of State and almost all of his government officials.
LV President Rodriguez leaves plane & greeted by military officials
SV President takes salute in rain
SV Chefs of staff saluting
SV President and military chiefs walk from plane & all salute as they review guard of honour.
TV Crowd gathered with banners in street outside hotel
SV President addresses crowd from balcony (4 shots)
GV Government building
SV INT PAN ALONG Military chiefs attending news conference
SV President Rodriguez talking to newsmen (3 shots)
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Background: President Guillerma Rodriguez Lara of Ecuador arrived in Guayaquil on Friday (10 March) for a two day visit, accompanied by his ten Ministers of State and almost all of his government officials.
His visit in affect made Guayaqil-Ecuador's Chief port and commercial centre--the temporary capital of Ecuador. The President denied that Cabinet meeting would be held in the port, but cabinet level meetings were called to discuss local reform.
After the airport reception, President Rodriguez gave a press conference, and later a broadcast announcing the aims of his government.
Brigadier-Beneral Rodriguez gave up his army command soon after assuming the presidency on 15 February. The Naval and Military chiefs who effected the take-over with him resigned less than a week after the coup. One of the reforms mentioned by President Rodriguez in his broadcast was that of the armed forces.
SYNOPSIS: President Rodriguez of Ecuador arrived in Guayaguil last Friday for a two-day visit. He was accompanied by a host of officials including his entire cabinet, and in effect ,made Guayaguil--ecuador's largest port and commercial centre--his temporary seat of government. He was visiting the city to study means of reform in living conditions, and to announce the aims of his new government.
Despite torrential rain, large crowds--making use of free transport-- gathered to hear President Rodriguez outline the plan of campaign for his mainly military government. He made it clear that the new regime was of a revolutionary nature.
Later at a press conference in the Guayas Province government building, the President went on to specify some of the reforms. Rates on interest and land values would be controlled. The whole agricultural structure would be changed and the legal system modified. The Armed forces would be reconstructed. The workers would take over control of badly managed private concerns, and would generally have more say in the government of Ecuador.