• Short Summary

    General Juan Domingo Peron on Friday (12 October) became President or Argentine for the third time, completing the most remarkable political come-back in the country's history.

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    General Juan Domingo Peron on Friday (12 October) became President or Argentine for the third time, completing the most remarkable political come-back in the country's history.

    He received the symbolic mace and pale blue and white sash of office in the Presidential Palace 18-years after he was exiled following a military uprising which cut short his second Presidential term.

    Earlier in the day, the General, wearing Lieutenant-General's uniform for the first time in public since he returned to Argentina last June, was sworn-in amid some of the toughest security precautions ever seen in Bu??? Aires.

    Shortly after his induction, his third wife, Marie Estela Martine D Peron - popularly known as Isebel - took the oath as the country's first woman Vice-President.

    Thousands of the General's supporters flocked into the city centre to celebrate, but were kept well clear of the Congress building by hundreds of police.

    Following the swearing-in ceremonies, the President and his wife were scheduled to drive to Government House - the pink painted Casa Rosads to receive the symbols of office from Interim President Raul Lastiri.

    Police helicopters hovered and ocurrried above the city centre, but the sound of their engines was swamped by the thunder of drums beaten by Jubilant Peronists and the rearing chant of "Peron, Peron". The stringent security measures were designed to protect the General from any fresh outbreak of violence between extreme left and right wing supporters. General Peron's return to Argentina in June was marked by a vicious gun battle between the rival factions. At least 100 deaths were reported, although no official figure has ever been released.

    The General and his wife were swept into power in September in the third election the country has had this year. He is the fourth President Argentina has had in 1973. General Peron is 78.

    After receiving the symbol of office, the President spoke to a crowd of about 80,000 massed in the Plaza De Mayo from behind a bullet-proof shield on the balcony of the Casa Rosada. He told the vast gathering he would dedicate himself "until my last breath" to the service of the people. He added that Argentineans would have to work day and nigh to help the country advance.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA467Y535TSEIBFXPF8OPZ15A8P
    Media URN:
    VLVA467Y535TSEIBFXPF8OPZ15A8P
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/10/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:47:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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