Chilean Head of State General Augusto Pinochet has sworn-in the new members of his re-shuffled 17-man Cabinet.
GV PAN Chilean Head of State, General Augusto Pinochet, leads other Armed Forces officers into room PAN ALONG line-up of new Ministers.
SV Pinochet signing document
SV General Oscar Benavides signing document
SV Vice-Admiral Patricio Carvajal signs document
SV General Oscar Bonille signs document
SV Mr. Jorge Causas signs and shakes hands
CU ZOOM OUT Pinochet with other members of governing junta
SV General Hugo Musante signs document
SV Pinochet with members of governing junta
SV General Tucapel Vallejos signs document and shakes hands
SCU Mr. Fernando Leniz smiling
GV PAN Pinochet speaks to new Cabinet
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Background: Chilean Head of State General Augusto Pinochet has sworn-in the new members of his re-shuffled 17-man Cabinet.
He said it marked a new stage of economic and social re-organisation in Chile.
The new Cabinet replaces the Cabinet which resigned last week (1 July) after General Pinochet -- head of the military junta that ousted the leftwing Government of the late President Salvador Allende last September -- took over as head of State.
The changes left the responsibility for the economy in the hands of three civilians as Ministers of Economic Affairs, Finance and Co-ordination. Military officers were appointed to the other 14 portfolios.
SYNOPSIS: Chilean Head of State General Augusto Pinochet swore in a new seventeen-man Cabinet in Santiago on Thursday. The new Ministers replace members of the previous Cabinet which resigned last week after General Pinochet took over as Head of State. The General had led the military junta that ousted the leftwing Government of the late President Salvador Allende last September.
He has entrusted the country's affairs to a Cabinet consisting of three civilians and fourteen military officers.
A new man, General Oscar Benevides, was appointed to the key Interior Ministry.
Foreign Minister Admiral Ismael Huerta was dropped to become Chile's permanent representative at the United Nations. Another Navy officer, Vice-Admiral Patricio Carvajal, takes over Foreign Affairs.
Defence is entrusted to General Oscar Bonilla.
One of the civilian appointees -- Central Bank Deputy Chairman Jorge Causes. He takes over the Finance Ministry.
General Hugo Musante replaced the only civilian in the outgoing Cabinet -- Gonzalo Pristo -- as Justice Minister.
Another new Minister, General Tucapel Vallejos, takes over the Agricultural Ministry.
A second civilian, Economy Minister Fernando Leniz, was confirmed in his position. Later, General Pinochat appointed economist Raul Saez to the new post of Economic Co-ordination Minister. He told members of the new Cabinet their appointment marked the start of a new stage of economic and social re-organisation in Chile.