General Juan Jose Torres, after seizing power in a near bloodless coup in Bolivia, appointed his cabinet of seventeen men on Friday (9 October), in a ceremony at the Presidential Palace.
SV & CU President Torres
CU Guillermo Aponte & PAN ALONG other members of cabinet lined up, Hugo Cespedes, David La Fuente, Dr. Jorge Gallardo, Gustavo Mendez Pereira, Dr. Abel Ayoroa, Flavio Machicado, Erique Mariaca.
SCU President Torres
PAN BACK ALONG Line of Cabinet members and add Jose Ortiz.
SCU President Torres swears in Cabinet Ministers
SV Cabinet Ministers take the oath
SV President Torres reads address.
SCU Cabinet Ministers Gaston Lupo & Jose Ortiz PAN ALONG others
CU President Torres continues
TV Cabinet Ministers
TGV Assembled crowds.
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Background: General Juan Jose Torres, after seizing power in a near bloodless coup in Bolivia, appointed his cabinet of seventeen men on Friday (9 October), in a ceremony at the Presidential Palace.
The new President seized power on Wednesday (7 October), after putting down a military revolt which ousted former military President General Alfredo Ovando Candia.
The new cabinet, including seven military men, three economists, a teacher, two engineers and a doctor, is a Nationalist one with strong military representation, but is not as left-wing as some expected.
Observers say it gives the left-wing students and teachers some say in Government affairs, but is not very representative of the powerful Bolivian workers confederation--one of the strongest of the new President's backers.
Commentators describe the new Cabinet as rather centrist, with some ultra-rightwingers included. These include the new Foreign Minister, retired General Emilio Molina Pizarro, Finance Minister Antonio Sanchez de Losada, and General Jusus Via Solis, Minister of Industry and Commerce.
On the other hand, it includes an extreme left-winger in Dr. Guillermo Aponte, whose communism is Peking-aligned.
An odd cabinet combination is that of Sanchez de Losada and Mines Minister General Eduardo Mendez. Senor Mendez, in a newspaper article recently, accused Sanchez de Losada of being "an instrument of the United States", and an obstacle to the nationalisation of the mining industry.
During a press conference on Sunday (11 October) at the Presidential Palace, President Torres spelt out a four-point programme for his new Government, which includes the progressive nationalisation of foreign-owned companies. He said he was in complete control of Bolivia.