- Title: ECUADOR: RETIRED ARMY COLONEL LUCIO GUTIERREZ SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT
- Date: 17th January 2003
- Summary: (W6) QUITO, ECUADOR (JANUARY 14, 2003) (REUTERS) 1. SLV AIRCRAFT TAXIING; MV PRESIDENT OF COLOMBIA ALVARO URIBE ARRIVING AT QUITO AIRPORT AND BEING RECEIVED BY FOREIGN MINISTER OF COLOMBIA HEINZ MOELLER; SLV GUARD OF HONOUR (4 SHOTS) 0.16 2. MV CUBAN PRESIDENT FIDEL CASTRO ARRIVING AND RECEIVED BY MOELLER (2 SHOTS) 0.29 3. SLV AIRCRAFT TAXIING; SLV PRESIDENT OF BOLIVIA GONZALO SANCHEZ DE LOZADA ARRIVING BEING RECEIVED BY MOELLER; SLV SOLDIERS FROM MILITARY SCHOOL (5 SHOTS) 0.57 (W6) QUITO, ECUADOR (JANUARY 15, 2003) (REUTERS) 4. SLV SECURITY OUTSIDE OF HOTEL WHERE PRESIDENTS WERE STAYING 1.03 5. MV PRESIDENT OF BRAZIL LUIZ INACIO LULA DA SILVA AND PRESIDENT OF VENEZUELA HUGO CHAVEZ LEAVING THE HOTEL AND HEADING TOWARD CONGRESS FOR THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY; SLV SECURITY WITH DOGS OUTSIDE OF NATIONAL CONGRESS; SLV GUARD OF HONOUR (3 SHOTS) 1.31 6. MV PRESIDENT OF PERU ALEJANDRO TOLEDO ARRIVING AT CEREMONY; MV SECURITY (3 SHOTS) 1.41 7. MV PRESIDENT-ELECT OF ECUADOR LUCIO GUTIERREZ ARRIVING; MV SECURITY (2 SHOTS) 1.50 8. SCU LULA ARRIVING 2.01 9. AV SECURITY, HELICOPTER AND CIVILIANS WATCHING FROM NEARBY TERRACES; SLV EXTERIOR OF CONGRESS (2 SHOTS) 2.08 10. HAS INTERIOR OF CONGRESS, GUTIERREZ GREETING, CHAVEZ TALKING WITH CASTRO AND BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT LUIZ INACIO LULA DA SILVA; MV SWEARING IN CEREMONY; SLV PAN AUDIENCE APPLAUD (5 SHOTS) 2.47 11. SLV / MV PRESIDENT OF CONGRESS OF ECUADOR GUILLERMO LANDAZURI PUTTING ON THE PRESIDENTIAL SASH; AUDIENCE CLAPPING (4 SHOTS) 3.25 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 1st February 2003 12:00
- Location: QUITO, ECUADOR
- Country: Ecuador
- Reuters ID: LVA98LG0BPWGL07MKTU75FV3WAE7
- Story Text: A retired army colonel has been sworn in as Ecuador's
Retired Colonel Lucio Gutierrez was sworn in on
Wednesday (January 15, 2003) as Ecuador's president,
pledging to tackle corruption and poverty just three
years after leading a coup.
Thousands of police and troops stood guard outside the
National Congress as Gutierrez took his oath of office.
Gutierrez's inauguration drew an array of Latin American
dignitaries, including Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da
Silva, Venezuela's leader Hugo Chavez, Cuba's Fidel Castro,
Colombia's Alvaro Uribe and Peru's Alejandro Toledo.
Ecuador's poverty-stricken are hoping Gutierrez, who
gained prominence after aiding a 2000 Indian revolt that
toppled former President Jamil Mahuad, can weed out corruption
in this Andean nation of 12 million people that is rich in oil
but rife with poverty.
Gutierrez was jailed for six months after leading his men
against Mahuad in protest during a severe economic crisis
after a freeze on bank withdrawals.
He recently has won over investors by vowing to repay the
country's debts and seek an International Monetary Fund loan.
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