President Alejandro Lanusse, Commander-in-Chief of the Argentina's Army and chairman of the three-man ruling junta, on Sunday reviewed a major parade of the country's armed forces.
President Alejandro Lanusse, Commander-in-Chief of the Argentina's Army and chairman of the three-man ruling junta, on Sunday reviewed a major parade of the country's armed forces. The occasion was the 150th anniversary of Argentina's independence from Spain.
It was also a day of political triumph for President Lanusse, for he seemed to have won a tactical victory over former dictator Juan Peron, who has been making a new challenge for power in Argentina.
Peron, who has been living in exile since his overthrow by a military uprising in 1955,has been nominated as a candidate in next year's general election. But General Lanusse has now decreed that all candidates for the election must be resident in Argentina on August 25 and remain there until after the election.
Even Peron's supporters think it unlikely that he will return from exile until his Judinalist associates are firmly in control of the country.
President Lanusse, who seized power in a bloodless coup 15 months ago, has not ruled out the possibility that he may himself seek office through the polls.
SYNOPSIS: This year's July Parade in Buenos Aires marked a hundred-and-fifty years of Argentine's independence.
President Lanusse and the two other members of the ruling junta of armed forces chiefs took the salute on Sunday. It's now nearly fifteen months since the President seized power in a bloodless coup. And military leaders are currently making final preparations for a return to democratic rule with general elections scheduled for next March. In the meantime they put on a show of strength for the independence day parade.
The anniversary also marked a political triumph for General Lanusse. Observers were saying that he'd just won a tactical victory over an old opponent, the former dictator Juan Peron who has been making a new challenge for power in Argentina. President Lanusse has decreed that all candidates for next year's election must be resident in Argentina from next August. Juan Peron has been in exile since his overthrow in 1955, and his supporters believe he's unlikely to risk returning to Argentina until he's been assured of power.
President Lanusse may even seek election himself. Observers suggest he might retire from the army in order to qualify.