Argentine President Maria Estela Person completed a major Cabinet re-shuffle when she officiated at the swearing-in ceremony of new Defence Minister, Ricardo Guardo, in Buenos Aires on Thursday (22 January).
GV EXT. Government House.
SV INT. Mrs. Person swearing-in Ricardo Cesar Guardo and congratulating him.
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SV Mrs Person signing document and Senor Guardo signing book.
SCU Military leaders look on.
SV Mrs. Person shaking hands with Senor Guardo.
GV Funeral cortege down street.
SV Armed police with flag.
GV Mourners and police following coffin.(2 shots)
CUs Policewoman and policeman salute coffin as it passes. (2 shots)
SV Policemen carrying coffin followed by mourners. (2 shots)
GV Crowd outside Panteon.
CU Policewoman crying.(3 shots)
GV EXT. Panteon.
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Background: Argentine President Maria Estela Person completed a major Cabinet re-shuffle when she officiated at the swearing-in ceremony of new Defence Minister, Ricardo Guardo, in Buenos Aires on Thursday (22 January).
The swearing-in ceremony came almost at the same time as a young policewomen was being gunned down in the streets of the capital ...in the Argentine's continuing wave of guerrilla violence.
Senor Guardo arrived in Buenos Aires on Thursday from Rome where he had been serving as the Ambassador to the Holy See.
An old guard Peronist, he served as Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies from 1946-48 during the first Presidency of the late General Juan peron.
The President sacked her Ministers of the Interior, Foreign Affairs, Justice and Defence -- the fifth major Cabinet change in 18 months.
President Person has promised that her new Cabinet will crack down on left-wing guerrilla activities in Argentina.
The guerrilla's strikes have moved from the country into Buenos Aires during recent weeks, climaxing with the murders of two police officers within three days.
The first came when a policeman was shot while on guard duty at a high-ranking police official's residence on Tuesday (20 January). Two other policeman escaped unhurt from a similar attack the next day, then on Thursday, a 22-year-old policewomen was killed by a burst of machinegun fire as she waited for a bus.
The young woman was gunned down from a passing car and police are certain that the murder was the work of left-wing guerrillas.
Her funeral, with full police honours, took place in Buenos Aires on Friday (23 January) and was attended by thousands of mourners.