In Argentina the armed forces who took over after President Maria Estella Peron's government was ousted in March, have made positive steps towards the economic recovery of the country.
In Argentina the armed forces who took over after President Maria Estella Peron's government was ousted in March, have made positive steps towards the economic recovery of the country. This had come about despite the soaring cost of living -- a 229 per cent increase this year -- and undercurrents of civil war in the major cities. Acting as his government's roving ambassador, President Jorge Videla has made a series of provincial tours. His most recent was to the northwest province of Santiago del Estero.
SYNOPSIS: President Videla arrived in Santiago del Estero city by plane and was greeted by the provincial governor, General Cesar Fermin Ochoa. After inspecting a guard of honour President Videla spoke about Argentina's problems, saying that if the country had got some distance along a difficult road it was not due to a miracle, but to everybody's effort. He added that a 90-day study of the area was being carried out to evaluate the need for water resources.
President Videla and General Ochoa spent some time together in conference and observers said that the subject of irrigation was discussed at some length. It was later announced that work would start on major reservoir projects in the area.
The President them met community leaders and newsmen at Government House. Mining union leader Hector Bonacina told him that extensive reserves of manganese and chalk had been locate in the province. General Videla also visited Catamarca and La Rioja provinces.