Bolivia's new interim President, Mrs. Lidia Gueiler, has replaced the country's army revolt against her?
CU INTERIOR PAN President Lidia Gueiler reading oath of office for the chiefs of staff for the Army (General Rene Villaroel Rejas), Air Force and Navy (1 to r) who stand with right hands raised and respond, in Spanish
SV President Gueiler delivers speech to military personnel and chiefs of staff
SV Chiefs of staff kissing thumbs after taking oath
SV PAN President Gueiler TO Military leaders with officers formed up in hall
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Background: Bolivia's new interim President, Mrs. Lidia Gueiler, has replaced the country's army revolt against her original appointment. Her first choice was General Rene Villaroel Rejas, who was sworn in with the chiefs of the Air Force and the Navy on Friday (23 November).
SYNOPSIS: This ceremony to swear in the new military commanders was quickly followed by more trouble for President Lidia Gueiler. Mrs. Gueiler, who was given a mandate to rule until elections are called in the middle of next year, faced an army revolt over one of her appointments.
Her appointment of army commander, General Rene Villagroel Rejas, standing on the left, was not acceptable to his predecessor, who seized control of the main army barracks in La Paz.
President Gueiler faced the crisis by deciding to appoint another army commander. The rebels, led by deposed army chief General Luis Garcia Meza, were a group of heavily armed soldiers equipped with tanks and armoured cars. They refused to allow the new commander to enter the barracks. General Meza proposed that General Ruben Rocha Patino should be appointed instead and President Gueiler agreed.
So General Rejas lost his job just two days (25 November) after taking his oath of office. The opponents of his appointment responded by ending their occupation of the barracks.