Bolivian president appoints new military chief

2012-12-04 02:23:15 GMT2012-12-04 10:23:15(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

LA PAZ, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- President Evo Morales Monday appointed Gen. Edwin de la Fuente as commander of the Armed Forces in line with a new policy to renew the top military and police leadership annually.

Morales announced that changes to the army and police commands will be made each December from this year to facilitate management and indicated several former commanders could assume new posts.

Besides De la Fuente, Morales named other top new military officials, including Air Force Gen. Nelson Torrico as Army chief of staff, Gen. Fernando Ceballos as commander of the Army, Gen. Walter Montecinos as commander of the Air Force, and Adml. Victor Baldivieso as commander of the Navy.

De la Fuente pledged to change the elitist mentality of the Armed Forces into a more socially conscious one with dedication to safeguard peace and serve the people.

"I recognize the great responsibility the president has entrusted us with and it is a challenge that obliges us to work under the example that the leader of Bolivia sets each day," he said.

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