A provisional President, Clemente Yerovi Indaburu, was installed on March 30th at the Presidential Palace in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.
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Background: A provisional President, Clemente Yerovi Indaburu, was installed on March 30th at the Presidential Palace in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.
The installation came a few hours after the Air Force had deposed a four-man military junta. The junta had promised to hold national elections as soon as the nation's numerous political parties could name a list of candidates for congress and president.
Mr. Yerovi, the new provisional president, is a business-man and planter. He said in his inaugural address that the hoped to arrange "congressional and presidential elections as soon as possible". His address was broadcast to crowds outside the Presidential palace by means of a public address system. His remarks were rejected less than enthusiastically by crowds, many of whom were students. There was some pushing and shoving by the students, and in turn by the police who ringed the government buildings. But there was nor real violence.
The military junta, who had run the country for nearly three years, was reported to be happy to have ended their period of rule. The outer came after commercial interests in the country had called for a general strike to protest moves by the junta to increase import and other taxes. Rioting had broken out in Quito and Guayquil after the call for the general strike. The whereabouts of the junta members were not known, although it was reported they flew to Brazil. However, this could not be confirmed.
Mr. Yerovi lifted a day-old curfew, and then opened the March 25th. next he declared a general amnesty for political prisoners.