General Jorge Rafael Videla, Army Chief of Staff, was sworn in as Argentina's eighth soldier-president in just over 30 years in Buenos Aires, on Monday (29 March).
GV General Videla surrounded by officers at swearing in ceremony as he takes oath of office. (2 shots)
SV General Videla signing document, followed by Admiral Massera and Brigadier Agosti
SV Economic Minister Marinez de Hoz signing
SV Cultural Minister Professor Bruera signing
GV as officials leave room
Also sworn in as members of the new eight man cabinet were the other two junta members Admiral Jorge Emilio Massera and Brigadier General Orlando Agosti.
Four other servicemen, General Albano Harguindeguy, Rear Admiral Cesar Guzzetti, Brigadier Julio Gomez, and Brigadier Luis Maria Klix are also in the new cabinet.
One of the two civilians in the cabinet, Senor Jose Martinez de Hoz, takes over the key economy ministry, while the new Minister for Education is Professor Ricardo Bruera.
Unlike previous military governments the junta has not outlawed political parties.
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Background: General Jorge Rafael Videla, Army Chief of Staff, was sworn in as Argentina's eighth soldier-president in just over 30 years in Buenos Aires, on Monday (29 March).
The 50-year-old general was a member of the three main military junta which overthrew the government of President Maria Estela Peron and took power on 24 March.
The new president took the oath of office in a brief and simple ceremony in the Casa Rosada, the pink painted government house in central Buenos Aires.
A cabinet of six military colleagues and two civilians, named on Sunday night (28 March), was also sworn in at the ceremony. The military men are Admiral Jorge Emilio Massera, Brigadier General Orlando Agosti, General Albano Harguindeguy, Rear Admiral Cesar Guzzetti, Brigadier Julio Gomez and Brigadier Luis Maria Klix.
The civilians are wealthy businessman and landowner, Senor Jose Martinez de Hoz, who takes over the key economy ministry and a mathematics professor, Dr. Ricardo Bruera, as Minister of Education.
Senora Peron, under house arrest at the winter resort of El Messidor in the foothills of the Andes, is quoted by Reuters as having told churchmen who visited her that she is penniless and does not want to be expelled from Argentina.