Visnews filmed March 1 Uraguay's news Prime Minister Etchegoyen and his Cabinet on their first day in office saluting a parade of infantry, tanks and cavalry and a fly-past, Montevideo.
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Background: Visnews filmed March 1 Uraguay's news Prime Minister Etchegoyen and his Cabinet on their first day in office saluting a parade of infantry, tanks and cavalry and a fly-past, Montevideo.
The new leaders, belonging to the rightist National Blanco Party, defeated the ruling pro-labour welfare-statist Colorado Party last November - for the first time in 94 years.
Crowds were outside Government House as outgoing Prime Minister Ficher made his farewell speech. The new Cabinet includes Benito Nardone, 52, radio commentator and champion of farm labourers and smallholders - the men who keep rural Uraguay prosperous.
After grouping for the official photograph, the Cabinet reviewed the parade from a balcony of Government House. As the Armed Forces paraded past Salvo Palace - the nation's highest building - air force planes swept overhead. A silent witness at the review: the statue on Salvo Palace Square of Jose Artigas, the Uraguayan national hero who led the 1810 independence movement.
The new Government will continue the collegiate form of rule adopted by plebiscite some years ago, when a National Council of Government of nine replaced the Presidency of the Republic. Six are Blancos, three opposition Colorados - to safeguard against dictatorship.
The Cabinet's task includes tackling inflation, underproduction, near bankruptcy, smuggling, over nationalisation, a top heavy bureaucracy and a black market. Observers and foreign businessman report only austerity can bring back prosperity but the major question is whether the New Government will dare to impose the necessary measures - and run the risk of losing their popularity.