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    In Peru, civilian influence in the Government has been further reduced by a weekend Cabinet reshuffle.

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    GV People looking through railings outside Presidential Palace in Lima.

    SV INT. President Francisco Morales Bermudez entering room acknowledging applause.

    SV New Minister of Education, General Jose Guabloche Rodriguez being sworn in, and shaking hands with President Bermudez.

    SV New Minister of Industry, Commerce, Tourism and Integration, Rear Admiral Jorge Du Bois Gervasi, being sworn in and being congratulated by President Bermudez.

    SCU Minister of Housing, General Cesar Rosas Cresto, being sworn in.

    SV President Bermudez swearing in new Minister of Health, Brigadier General Eduardo Rivasplato Hurtado.

    GV Audience applauding.

    The other civilian in the Government, apart from Economy and Finance Minister, Senor Ruete, is Foreign Minister Jose de la Puente Radbill. Political observers suggest a growing sector of the armed forces opposed General Bermudez' earlier ideas to bring more civilians into the Government, in view of social unrest during the current economic crisis. The observers say that a united Government front on economic policies is seen as vital as Peru prepares to negotiate a rescheduling of part of its huge external debt, officially put at 8.2 billion U.S. dollars. Mr. Lanatta, the civilian minister replaced in the reshuffle, reportedly disagreed frequently with Senor Ruete on the best way to handle the economy problem.


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    Background: In Peru, civilian influence in the Government has been further reduced by a weekend Cabinet reshuffle. President Francisco Morales Bermudez had earlier pledged to increase the civilian share of Government responsibilities in the transition period before the general elections, scheduled in two years' time. But the latest changes in four portfolios mean there are now just tow civilian Cabinet ministers, instead of the previous three.

    SYNOPSIS: The swearing - in ceremony was held at the Presidential Palace in Lima on Monday, (September 18)after a weekend reshuffle. All of Peru's Cabinet, except for three members of the ruling military junta, offered their resignations, but just four were accepted. Political observers believe President Bermudez made the changes to strengthen Government unity on vital economic matters. The first to be sworn in was the new Minister of Education, General Jose Guabloche Rodriguez- most recently the Army's Deputy Chief-of-Staff.

    General Rodriguez replaces General Otto Revoredo and, like the other three new Ministers, previously held a high post in the military Government.

    Rear Admiral Jorge Du Bois Gervasi replaced conservative industrialist Gabriel Lanatta as Minister of Industry, Trade, Tourism and Integration- a move seen by observers as a vote of confidence for Economy and Finance Minister Javier Silva Ruete, a civilian, with whom Senor Lanatta had clashed.

    The other two appointments were reportedly routine changes, part of the complex system of armed forces promotion. General Cesar Rosas Cresto was sworn in as Minister of Housing, replacing Rear-Admiral Geronimo Marazzi. And the new Health Minister, Brigadier General Eduardo Rivasplata Hurtado, took over from Brigadier-General Oscar Zumaeta.

    The new Cabinet comprises seven Army men, three each from the Navy and Air Force, and two civilians.

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