Argentina's political uncertainties were heightened on Monday (3 November) when President Maria Estels Peron was suddenly admitted to hospital in the capital, Guenos Aires.
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Background: Argentina's political uncertainties were heightened on Monday (3 November) when President Maria Estels Peron was suddenly admitted to hospital in the capital, Guenos Aires.
Medical bulletins from the heavily-guarded Little Company of Mary Clinic, in an exclusive residential suburb of Buenos Aires, said Senora Peron was suffering from a gall bladder complaint, at that her illness was acute, but not grave.
Despite her illness, the President has resisted moves to allow Senor Italo Luder, President of the Argentine Senate, to take over temporarily the reins of government. She is continuing to rule the country form her sick-bed.
Some officials, including deputy Senora Esther Fadul de Sobrino, were allowed to visit the President on Monday, but by Tuesday (4 November) doctors had forbidden all further visitors. Senora Peron is in contact with her government only by telephone.
The President's latest illness comes only weeks after she returned to full power after a five-week recuperative break. Her admission to hospital follows a week of mounting pressure on the government and threats of presidential impeachment over the alleged misuse of public funds by top officials.
The opposition Radical Party has succeeded din securing Lower House approval for a committee to investigate mishandling of public funds .. and is pressing for an investigation into certain dealings by the President Rodolpho Roballos, on corruption charges could directly affect Senora Peron, according to judicial sources quoted by Reuters.
But, even as the political crisis mounts, so does the violence which marks Argentina's life. On Monday, Peronist Congressman, Senor Ramon Rojas, and a retired police commissioner, Senor Jose Robles, were shot dead in separate incidents.