President Hector Campora of Argentine resigned in Buenos Aires on Friday (13 July) after only seven weeks in office -- the shortest Presidential term in Argentina's history.
GV EXT Crowds outside government house
MV INT campora farewells with legislators before resignation speech
SV Campora seated at table with opposition leader Ricardo Balbin
SV ZOOM IN Campora and Vice President Vicente Lima sit at desk for resignation speech
SV & CU Campora begins speech
MV Cabinet Minister listen
CU Campora speaks
CU Vicente Lima listens, ZOOM OUT Campora finishes speech and applause
CU Campora rises and embraces Vicente Lima
MV EXT Interim President Raul Lastiri leaves talks with Person and meets newsmen (3 shots)
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Background: President Hector Campora of Argentine resigned in Buenos Aires on Friday (13 July) after only seven weeks in office -- the shortest Presidential term in Argentina's history.
The resignation was to allow former President Juan Peron to become a candidate for the Presidency in elections to be held within forty days. General Person, who's 77, is virtually certain to win and be restored as Head of state.
Doctor Campora said he was resigning to pave the way for General Peron to become President and this had been his objective all along. He was elected by the nation as General Pron's nominees in general elections in March this year, after the outgoing military regime banned Peron himself from seeking office.
The Peronists won a landslide victory at the polls under the slogan "Campora to government, Peron to power."
General Peron ruled argentina for nine years until he was toppled in a military uprising in 1956. His return to Argentina in June after seventeen years in exile was marred by a gun-battle in which at least 34 people were killed.
Doctor Campora resigned along with Vice-President Vincente Lima, and the Presidency provisionally passed to Doctor Raul Lastiri, the President of Argentina's Lower House of Congress. Doctor Lastri, a little-know administrator, announced he would call new presidential and vice-presidential elections within forty days.
After Doctor Campora's resignation, General Peron said the President's government was "perfectly normal", but added that Argentina was currently "a little weakened, disorganised and sad". General Peron said he wanted to spend the last years of his life serving his country.
SYNOPSIS: The former President of Argentina, General Peron, moved a step closer to being restored as Head of State with the resignation on Friday of President Hector Campora, the Peronist candidate swept into office in Argentina's general elections in March.
"Campora to government, Peron to power", was the election slogan, but Doctor Campora said he was resigning to pave the way for General Peron to become President again, and this had bene his objective all along.
Doctor Campora resigned along with Vice-President Vincente Lima, in a constitutional move to allow for presidential elections that will almost certainly restore General Peron to office. For Doctor Campora, it was the end of only seven weeks as Argentina's President...
Doctor Campora's presidency -- the shortest in Argentina's history -- was marred by the events surrounding General Peron's return from seventeen years in exile. At least thirty-four people were killed and more than three-hundred wounded in a gun battle as General Peron returned form Spain.
After Doctor Campora's resignation, General Peron said the President's government was "perfectly normal", but added that argentina was currently "a little weakened, disorganised and sad..." He said he wanted to devote the last years of his life to serving his country.
The Argentine Congress, dominated by Peronists, accepted the resignations of Doctor Campora and Doctor Vicente Lima only after a noisy debate lasting nearly four hours.
A little-known administrator, Doctor Raul Lastiri, was sworn in as Argentina's interim President. Doctor Lastiri, also a Peronist, immediately announced he would call presidential and vice-presidential elections within forty days.