Bolivia's President, General David Padilla, has sworn in three new Cabinet Ministers. This follows a?
GV INTERIOR Bolivian officials and new Cabinet Ministers at Quemado Palace in La Paz
SV Bolivian President David Padilla speaking in Spanish PAN TO Cabinet Ministers and officials listening
SV Cabinet Ministers raise hands to their faces in gesture of loyalty
SV Padilla speaking
SCU Padilla shaking hands with officials as he takes his leave
An armed forces faction, which wants a quick return to democracy, overthrew Bolivia's former right-wing President, Juan Pereda, last November. General Padilla, a moderate, was installed in his place.
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Background: Bolivia's President, General David Padilla, has sworn in three new Cabinet Ministers. This follows a mass resignation on Monday night (15 January), when fifteen of the country's eighteen Cabinet Ministers handed in their notice.
SYNOPSIS: On Tuesday (16 January) -- the day after the mass resignation -- General Padilla swore in the new Cabinet Ministers. During a brief swearing-in ceremony, he said the resignations had smoothed the path towards a return to democracy.
Fifteen of Bolivia's eighteen Cabinet Ministers resigned, saying they wanted to give General Padilla a free hand in choosing a new team. But, so far, only three replacements have been announced. The move follows the promulgation of a series of reforms in Bolivia -- aimed at holding democratically-based elections. General Padilla has promised the country that it will go to the polls on July the first.
Bolivia's main trade unions have alleged that a right-wing plot is being formulated to prevent the elections being held. In addition, the left-wing People's Democratic Unity coalition has accused groups of businessmen and military officers of plotting a right-wing coup. The unions have now called on their supporters to oppose what they call "fascist groups", which have been removed from the government, but are determined to retain their positions."