Colombia defence chief quits as rebel attacks rise

BOGOTA,  (Reuters) – Colombia’s Defence Minister  Rodrigo Rivera resigned yesterday as the Andean country’s  security forces face growing criticism for failing to thwart  attacks from weakened Marxist guerrillas.

Rivera had held the post since conservative President Juan  Manuel Santos took office a year ago. Government sources said  Rivera’s resignation could lead to a broad command  restructuring of the armed forces and national police.

Santos named Juan Carlos Pinzon as the new defense  minister. Pinzon is an economist who until now worked as a  close adviser to the president and was deputy defense minister  in the government of Colombia’s former leader Alvaro Uribe.

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