The political hierarchy in Argentina, already shaken by the death of President Peron, received another blow this week.
The political hierarchy in Argentina, already shaken by the death of President Peron, received another blow this week. Senor Adelino Romero, head of the three-million strong General Labour Confederation (CGT), died of a heart attack on Saturday (13 July) -- just 48 hours after being re-elected secretary-general of the movement.
Under Senor Romero's leadership, the Confederation had been one of Peronism's most important power bases. The 51-year-old leader was identified with the right-wing of the Confederation, and was regarded as a strong supporter of President Maria Estela Peron's government.
His death, only 13 days after that of General Peron, has caused consternation in Argentine political circles and could pose problems for President Maria Peron. He's automatically succeeded by the assistant secretary-general Segundo Palma, who's linked to the hardline rightist Lorenzo Miguel, boss of the powerful metalworkers union. This could be regarded with deep suspicion by the Peronist left.
Coverage shows the meeting at which Senor Romero was re-elected to his CGT post on Thursday. He wasn't there in person -- already in hospital with a heart ailment.
There's also film of two other important personalities on the current political scene in Argentina: Senator Jose Antonio Allende, who was named earlier this year as next in line for the Presidency after General Peron and his wife; and Dr. Ricardo Balbin, leader of the opposition Radical Party and in the past one of General Peron's most bitter opponents.
Senor Balbin was among leaders of the country's major power groups who had talks with President Maria Peron earlier this month. And he told the new President that she has the support of all political parties.
In view of this, there have been reports that the major problem faced by the new President will come from amongst supporters of the Peronist movement -- a struggle for control by rival factions.
SYNOPSIS: In Buenos Aires, powerful metalworkers union bass Lorenzo Miguel -- in the centre of the group -- and other labour leaders gathered for an important meeting of the three-million strong General Labour Confederation, the CGT. The Confederation is a power base of Peronist support in Argentina. Last week's meeting was to elect a secretary-general of the CGT, which groups together a hundred and forty three trades unions. In October last year, the secretary general -- a strong Peronist -- was assassinated. Another Peronist stalwart, Adelino Romero, had taken over. In the uncertain political situation following the death of General Peron, his re-election was important to new President Maria Estela Peron.
Secretary-General Romero was unable to be present for the voting. He was in hospital with a heart ailment. But in his absence he was re-elected to another four year term as leader of the country's most powerful labour organisation.
The jubilation was shortlived. Within forty-eight hours of the election Senor Romero was dead of a heart attack and the political hierarchy of Argentina had suffered another blow. The man who automatically takes over is linked with hardline rightists, like metalworkers' boss Lorenzo Miguel, and that could be regarded with deep suspicion by left-wing Peronists. There have already been reports that the main problem faced by Argentina's new President may be a struggle for control by rival factions of the Peronist movement.
Away from the CGT, now, and another important figure in Argentina's political scene in Senator Jose Antonio Allende, who was named next in line to the Presidency after General Peron and his wife earlier this year. He's lawyer and serves as Senator for Cordoba.
Another key figure is Dr. Ricardo Balbin, a leader of the opposition radical party and one of General Peron's most bitter antagonists in the past. He was among leaders of major power groups who had talks with President Maria Peron earlier this month. And he told the new President then that she had the support of all the political parties.