General Francisco Morales Bermudez Cerruti was sworn in as the new leader of Peru on Saturday (30 August) following a bloodless coup by the armed forces.
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Background: General Francisco Morales Bermudez Cerruti was sworn in as the new leader of Peru on Saturday (30 August) following a bloodless coup by the armed forces.
During the ceremony in Lima he vowed to carry on revolutionary policies "with more firmness than ever before" but observers say he is likely to be more flexible than the man he ousted.
General Morales, a 53 year old economist served as Premier and War Minister during his stints in the old Government.
The swearing in ceremony was conducted by General Oscar Vargas Prieto who succeeded General Morales as Prime Minister and Army Commander in Chief after the coup.
It appears likely the new cabinet named by General Morales will include civilians...a novel introduction for the people of Peru who have been ruled by the military since 1968. It seems civilians will occupy the posts of Finance, Labour and Industry and perhaps some minor posts.
SYNOPSIS: The only evidence of the coup which overthrew the old regime of General Juan Velasco Alvarado in Peru last week was increased police and military security on the streets of the capital, Lima. The coup leaders, from the military, chose their time carefully. It coincided with a meeting of Ministers from the non-aligned states.
The new leaders wanted to show the people of Peru and fellow members of the non-aligned bloc that the old ways would change.
General Francisco Morales Bermudez Cerruti was sworn in as the new leader at a ceremony on Saturday.
He told his ministers he would carry on "revolutionary policies with more firmness than ever before". Observers say that he is likely to be more flexible than the previous rulers.
Peru is also likely to have civilian members in its cabinet for the first time since the military coup in 1968. It is tipped that the key posts of Finance Minister and Labour and Industry Minister will go to civilians. As an economist General Morales is known to respect the views of people not in the army.