Dr. Arturo Frondizi became Argentina's first freely-elected president in 20 years on Thursday, May 1st.?
Dr. Arturo Frondizi became Argentina's first freely-elected president in 20 years on Thursday, May 1st. He took the oath of office in the Congress at 10 o'clock in the morning, followed by the Vice-President Alejandro Gomez. Representatives from 58 nations witnessed the installation ceremony.
Nine thousand brilliantly-uniformed troops from four nations marched through Plaza Mayo in Frondizi after the formal handing over of office by the revolutionary government----headed by General Aramburu and Rear-Admiral Rojas----in the Casa Rosada.
The huge square though was only half-filled, and throughout the day of inauguration dissident voices were heard, and loudest of these were the Peronistas---supporters of the exiled former leader of Argentina Peron.
The event was described as "one of the greatest in the history of the American hemisphere" by the head of the United States delegation, Vice-President Nixon.
After accepting the sash of office from General Aramburu at a five minute ceremony in the "White Room" of the Casa Rosada, President Frondizi reviewed the parade of goose-stepping Bolivian, Uruguayan, Argentinian and Peru troops.
Overhead, in a cloudless sky, 168 aircraft from Argentina Peru and Great Britain staged a fly-past in the new President's honour. Flying in triangle formation were British Comet II and Avro Vulcan bombers.
Throughout the military and civil march-pasts the Peronistas were heard chanting various slogans, and later several thousands of them staged a march down Corrientos that lasted an hour and a half. Some members carried placard sized photographs of ex-President Peron. On the arrival of large members of police the demonstrators dispersed.
A communist rally early in the evening drew about eight thousand to Plaza Once. They heard Ruben Iscaro, secretary general of the construction workers' union, denounce the U.S. Vice-President Nixon as a 'representative of monopolistic exploiters'.
In spite of this unpleasantries the 1st May was a memorable occasion in Argentina, if only for the brilliance of the troops and their uniforms.