Bolivia's new president, Siles Zuazo, replaced the entire military high command on October 11.
GV Military personnel stand to attention in Quemado Palace. (3 SHOTS)
GV Officer salutes assembled dignitaries.
SCU President Siles Zuazo speaking in Spanish.
SV & PAN President conducts swearing-in ceremony of armed forces' commanders. (2 SHOTS)
SV New commanders shake hands with each other; President salutes them. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Bolivia's new president, Siles Zuazo, replaced the entire military high command on October 11. Observers claim this was an attempt to subject the armed forces to the country's new democratic government. Government sources said the new President made the changes within hours of assuming office, as the first constitutionally elected head of state since the military coup in Bolivia two years ago. Dr. Zuazo was the leader of the left-wing Democratic and Popular Unity (UDP) Party coalition, and won free elections in 1978, 1979 and 1980 but it has been claimed the military authorities prevented him from taking power. The armed forces finally stepped down after successive juntas and presidents failed to avert the collapse of the Bolivian economy and appease political and labour opposition. The new military commanders, chosen for their support of the new government, were sworn in at a ceremony at the Quemado Palace in the Bolivian capital of La Paz.