Coup leader Gen. Andres Rodriguez sought to strengthen his new government by replacing about 30 military officers, including the commanders of the three army corps, with men of his own choice.

Rodriguez deposed longtime President Gen. Alfredo Stroessner in a bloody coup Friday, was sworn in as president, dissolved Congress and called national elections for May 1.Stroessner, who had ruled the country for 34 years, has been exiled to Brazil and his name is being expunged from many civic monuments. He said Tuesday that he would spend the rest of his life there.

Leaders of four opposition parties say they need more time to organize for the elections, but government leaders on Tuesday rejected such appeals.