Civilians are being promised a greater role in the government of Argentina. Two years ago,?
Civilians are being promised a greater role in the government of Argentina. Two years ago, President Maria Estela Peron was overthrown in a military coup and since then Argentina has been ruled by a three-man Junta.
SYNOPSIS: But at celebrations in Buenos Aires to mark the second anniversary of the coup this week (27 March) the military Junta said the government aimed to restore a representative republican and federal democracy in Argentina. The Junta members confirmed that they would be retiring within the next year. The three leaders are then due to be replaced by their successors as armed forces chiefs.
Brigadier Basilio Lami Dozo, the Secretary-General of Argentina's Air Force, addressed the public outside the Stella Maris Chapel on behalf of the Junta leader, Lieutenant-General Jorge Rafael Videla.
Navy Commander Admiral Emilio Massera, who is sometimes viewed as President Videla's opponent, and Brigadier Orlando Ramon Agosti are the other two members of the Junta. Some observers predict General Videla will stay on as President after retiring from the Junta.
The Te Deum at the chapel was conducted by a military vicar, Victorio Bonamin.
At present Argentina has only two civilians in federal government. Military officers run everything else, from provincial governments to state companies and unions.