Argentina's President Lanusse met military leaders in Buenos Aires on Wednesday (24 January) after widespread violence and rumours that he might resign.
GV EXT Army Ministry building with guards outside (3 shots)
SV President Alejandro Lanusse (on right) seated at table with military staff
CU President Lanusse
SV President and staff seated at table
GV Government house
SV & CU President with Brigadier Carlos Rey (on Lanusse's right) and Admiral Eugenie Fuenterrosa (on left)
CU Admiral Fuenterrosa ZOOM OUT TO show meeting continuing
SV Newsmen filming the meeting (2 shots)
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Background: Argentina's President Lanusse met military leaders in Buenos Aires on Wednesday (24 January) after widespread violence and rumours that he might resign.
According to reports from Buenos Aires, he was concerned about the political violence and a statement by a Peronist-Justicialist Front leader, Dr. Hector Campora, that: "we will take power by the ballot or by revolution."
President Lanusse was said to be thinking of postponing the elections due to be held on March 11th.
But after a day of talks with other military leaders, the March 11th date was confirmed...and the military denied the President had offered his resignation.
The Army Chief of Staff, General Alcides Lopez Aufranc said later that President Lanusse had emerged from the meeting with the "one hundred per cent backing of the army".
SYNOPSIS: Argentina's government has decided to go ahead with the National elections on March 11th, following a meeting at the Army Ministry.
President Alejandro Lanusse, on the right, met military leaders on Wednesday amid rumours he might resign if not given the power to postpone the election. As well as confirming that voting would go ahead as planned, military leaders denied that President Lanusse had offered his resignation.
A spokesman said the military leaders would respect the outcome of the elections, provided parties complied with the laws. President Lanusse was reportedly concerned with increasing political violence and a statement by one political leader that his party would take power by the ballot or by revolution.