El Tacnazo was a military coup launched by then Peruvian Prime Minister Francisco Morales Bermudez against the administration of President Juan Velasco Alvarado in 1975. This led to what is known in Peru as the Second Phase of the Revolutionary Government of the Armed Forces (1968-1980).
The coup was planned as a military uprising in the southern city of Tacna, supported unanimously by several of the most prominent members of the Peruvian Armed Forces.
After an improvised speech in the Tacna Plaza de Armas, Morales Bermudez urged then President Velasco to leave office peacefully and avoid a direct confrontation. President Velasco resigned after realising that little could be done.
Following these events, a purge in the Army saw most of Velasco's supporters forced to resign or leave their commissions.
The Morales Bermudez administration proved unable to continue with the government. Ironically, President Moralez Bermudez did not continue with what was supposed to be the "Revolution", but its own schedule.
He was forced to call a Constitutional Assembly (which was led by Victor Raul Haya de la Torre) and new elections.
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