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    The new Chief of the Argentina Federal Police was sworn in by the Government's Interior Minister, Roberto Ares, at the Police Headquarters in Buenos Aires on Monday (2 February).

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    The new Chief of the Argentina Federal Police was sworn in by the Government's Interior Minister, Roberto Ares, at the Police Headquarters in Buenos Aires on Monday (2 February). He is Brigadier Albano Harguindeguy, and he is the first serving army officer to hold the joint post since Peronism returned to Argentina in 1973.

    The appointment of an army officer on active service to command the 18,000-strong Federal Police Force has been interpreted in Buenos Aires as part of the efforts to improve coordination among the security forces in the battle against Argentina's left wing guerrillas.

    Brigadier Harguindeguy, who replaces commissioner-General Omar Pinto who resigned last Friday (30 January) was second in command of the First Army Corps which is based in the Argentine capital. Last December he was the cavalry officer who was in charge of the operation against the band of guerrillas who attacked an army munitions post. The battle was the biggest so far between the armed forces and guerrillas and more than 120 people died in the action.

    On Wednesday (4 February) it was reported that the country's military chiefs and labour leaders were uneasy about President Maria Estela Peron's latest Cabinet changes, which were seen as another purge of potential rivals for the job she wants to keep. The previous night the 45 year old President had replaced another two ministers, thereby completing a cabinet reshuffle in which six members of the eight man team were removed within three weeks.

    SYNOPSIS: At the Argentine Federal Police Headquarters in Buenos Aires on Monday the Minister of the Interior arrived to swear in a new chief of Police -- Brigadier Albano Harguindeguy. He is the first Army Officer to hold the joint post since Peronism returned to Argentina.

    His Predecessor, Commissioner-General Omar Pinto, resigned last Friday although no reason was given for his resignation. The Interior Minister Senor Roberto Ares, has himself only been in office since January, when he replaced a possible rival for the Peronist Party Presidential nomination.

    Brigadier Harguindeguy was the second in command of the First Army Corps which is based in the Argentine Capital. Last December he was the cavalry officer in charge of the operation against the band of guerrillas who attacked an army munitions post. More than a hundred and twenty people died in the action- the biggest so far between the armed forces and the guerrillas.

    The appointment of an army officer on active service as head of the Police is regarded as yet another move to improve coordinating among the security forces in the battle against left wing guerrillas.

    The country's military chiefs and Labour leaders are reported to be uneasy about President Maria Peron's latest cabinet changes, which are seen as a purge of potential rivals.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD449M4DF3W3MGHNIDCXXM3DDG
    Media URN:
    VLVAD449M4DF3W3MGHNIDCXXM3DDG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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