In Bolivia, the Senate leader, Walter Guevara, has been sworn in as the country's Interim President -- the first step back to democracy after fifteen years of military rule.
SV Congress Building in La Paz PAN TO Military Guard outside.
SV General David Padilla (in civilian clothes) and members of junta march past and enter Congress building.
SV PAN INTERIOR Congress in debate with members listening and taking part in debate. (8 SHOTS)
SV PAN Congress members applauding
MCU Interim President Walter Guevara, talking to colleagues.
Since Bolivia achieved its independence from Spain in 1825, it has had some two hundred coups.
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Background: In Bolivia, the Senate leader, Walter Guevara, has been sworn in as the country's Interim President -- the first step back to democracy after fifteen years of military rule. Senor Guevara will hold office for one year, and during that time a fully-fledged civilian administration is expected to be elected.
SYNOPSIS: Bolivia's Congress in La Paz was the scene of a marathon session on Sunday and Monday (5 - ??? August), as its members tried in vain to break the deadlock between the two main presidential candidates. Also taking part in the debate was General David Padilla -- former head of the military government.
Two main presidential candidates emerged after last month's national elections -- one left-??? and the other centrist majority and it was left to the hundred and forty-four Deputies and Senators to choose an Interim President. But a continuous session lasting two days looked as if deadlock had been reached until a third name was put forward: that of Walter Guevara. The sixty-seven-year-old former Foreign Minister now has the task of forming a new Cabinet. But he will not be tied to any political party during his year in office. Senor Guevara proved a popular choice and after two days of heated debate, Deputies and Senators rose to applaud him.
Senor Guevara takes over at a critical moment for the Bolivian economy. Production of tin -- the country's main export has been falling steadily in recent years.