In Peru, civilian influence in the Government has been further reduced by a weekend Cabinet reshuffle.
In Peru, civilian influence in the Government has been further reduced by a weekend Cabinet reshuffle. President Francisco Morales Bermudez had earlier pledged to increase the civilian share of Government responsibilities in the transition period before the general elections, scheduled in two years' time. But the latest changes in four portfolios mean there are now just tow civilian Cabinet ministers, instead of the previous three.
SYNOPSIS: The swearing - in ceremony was held at the Presidential Palace in Lima on Monday, (September 18)after a weekend reshuffle. All of Peru's Cabinet, except for three members of the ruling military junta, offered their resignations, but just four were accepted. Political observers believe President Bermudez made the changes to strengthen Government unity on vital economic matters. The first to be sworn in was the new Minister of Education, General Jose Guabloche Rodriguez- most recently the Army's Deputy Chief-of-Staff.
General Rodriguez replaces General Otto Revoredo and, like the other three new Ministers, previously held a high post in the military Government.
Rear Admiral Jorge Du Bois Gervasi replaced conservative industrialist Gabriel Lanatta as Minister of Industry, Trade, Tourism and Integration- a move seen by observers as a vote of confidence for Economy and Finance Minister Javier Silva Ruete, a civilian, with whom Senor Lanatta had clashed.
The other two appointments were reportedly routine changes, part of the complex system of armed forces promotion. General Cesar Rosas Cresto was sworn in as Minister of Housing, replacing Rear-Admiral Geronimo Marazzi. And the new Health Minister, Brigadier General Eduardo Rivasplata Hurtado, took over from Brigadier-General Oscar Zumaeta.
The new Cabinet comprises seven Army men, three each from the Navy and Air Force, and two civilians.