Bolivia's first woman President called leading politicians to the Presidential Palace in La Paz to discuss forming a new civilian cabinet almost immediately after her election.
GV EXTERIOR: Congressional Palace in La Paz with armed troops guarding (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR: President Colonel Alberto Natusch addressing congress in Spanish.
GV: Congress???al members and Li???ia Gueiler in Con???es (2 shots)
SV: Lidia Gueiler speaking in Spanish
SV: Voting in Congress
SV: Gueiler taking oath of office and anthem sung as she is congratulated (2 shots)
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Background: Bolivia's first woman President called leading politicians to the Presidential Palace in La Paz to discuss forming a new civilian cabinet almost immediately after her election. Mrs Lidia Gueiler was elected by the National Congress and next day called the meeting of politicians. She pledged to end the bloodshed which followed a military coup just over two weeks earlier. Her election in the Congress was unanimous.
SYNOPSIS: The military was still in control of the streets following two weeks of tension and violence, when the Congress met. Colonel Alberto Natusch, who seized power sixteen days earlier, said he would let Congress decide the future of the country. He did not announce his resignation, but he said the solution of the crisis was air the hands of the ???ol???t???ians.
Congress was given the responsibility for ending the violence after an earlier proposal by Colonel Natusch, that the military, the labour movement and the Congress should jointly run the country, met stiff opposition. More than two hundred people died in the streets since Colonel Natusch took power from the civilian government of Walter Guevara Arze
Then after five days of tough negotiations, Mrs Lidia Gueiler emerged as the successor.
The election in Congress was unanimous in favour of Mrs Gueiler, described as a 53 year old left-wing accountant.
It was a popular decision among the politicians. It meant a return to civilian rule after the government of Guevara Arze, the first civilian President in Bolivia for ten years, was overthrown. Mrs Gueiler took the oath of office and later declared that the coups have ended in Bolivia. After she was installed and congratulated, the military formally handed over the Presidential Palace.