Ecuador: Woman Selected As Defense Minister

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New York Times
December 28, 2006
Pg. 8

By Associated Press
President-elect Rafael Correa appointed seven women to his cabinet, including the first woman to become defense minister, saying he wanted to promote gender equality in Ecuador. The new defense minister, Guadalupe Larriva,will also be the first armed forces chief who has never served in the military. Ms. Larriva, president of the Socialist Party, said she expected more “curiosity” than animosity from the military brass “over whether a woman can lead in this role.” Col. Luis Hernández, a retired army colonel and military analyst, called her appointment “positive” and said the armed forces were prepared to take orders from a woman. Mr. Correa takes office Jan. 15.