• Short Summary

    THE CROWDED STREETS OF BUENOS AIRES WERE CALM, MARCH 19, FOLLOWING ARGENTINIAN ELECTIONS IN WHICH PERONIST CANDIDATES WON SWEEPING VICTORIES.

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    THE CROWDED STREETS OF BUENOS AIRES WERE CALM, MARCH 19, FOLLOWING ARGENTINIAN ELECTIONS IN WHICH PERONIST CANDIDATES WON SWEEPING VICTORIES. THE PREVIOUS DAY SOME 2 1/2 MILLION VOTES HAD BEEN CAST FOR CANDIDATES SUPPORTING JUAN PERON, THE FORMER ARGENTINE PRESIDENT WHO HAS BEEN LIVING IN EXILE SINCE HE WAS DEPOSED BY REVOLT IN 1955. ONLY TWO MILLION VOTES WERE CAST FOR THE PARTY OF DR. FRONDIZI WHO WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT IN 1958.

    MORNING NEWSPAPERS DID NOT CARRY FULL ELECTION RESULTS AND PEOPLE HAUNTED NEWSPAPERS OFFICES FOR NEWS. AFTERNOON EDITIONS CARRIED NEWS OF PERONIST VICTORIES IN FULL AND NEWS VENDORS DID A GOOD TRADE. THE GOVERNMENT ORDERED THE CLOSING OF BANKS, AS A PRECAUTION AGAINST A RUN ON THE PESO - ONE OF THE REASONS FOR THE OVERTHROW OF PERON HAD BEEN HIS ALLEGED MISHANDLING OF THE COUNTRY'S FINANCIAL AFFAIRS.

    OUTLAWED FROM THE POLLS SINCE 1955, THIS WAS THE FIRST ELECTION SINCE THEN IN WHICH PERONISTS HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO RUN FOR OFFICE - THE RESULT WAS THAT TEN PROVINCIAL GOVERNORSHIPS WENT TO PERONISTAS. ONLY HALF THE SEATS IN CONGRESS WERE AT STAKE IN THE ELECTION AND DR. FRONDIZI'S PARTY STILL REMAINS THE LARGEST, THOUGH NO LONGER WITH AN OVERALL MAJORITY. FRONDIZI, STRUGGLING TO MAINTAIN HIS HOLD ON THE COUNTRY, NULLIFIED THE ELECTION OF THE PERONIST GOVERNORS.

    PRESIDENT FRONDIZI'S CABINET RESIGNED MARCH 21, AND THE THIRTEEN VACANT POSTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE FILLED BY POLITICIANS DEEMED ACCEPTABLE BY THE MILITARY, AND WILL PROBABLY INCLUDE AT LEAST SIX MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES. THIS HAS BROUGHT REACTION FROM THE PERONISTS, WHO ANNOUNCED THAT ON MARCH 23 THE POWERFUL LABOUR FEDERATION OF 62 TRADE UNION, WHICH THEY CONTROL, WOULD CALL A 24-HOUR GENERAL STRIKE IN PROTEST. THEY THREATEN AN INDEFINITE GENERAL STRIKE IF ELECTED PERONIST CANDIDATES ARE NOT INSTALLED MAY 1, WHEN THE NEW CONGRESSMEN AND GOVERNORS ARE DUE TO TAKE OFFICE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9K28JK4OU65D357KOJPQ6FAVP
    Media URN:
    VLVA9K28JK4OU65D357KOJPQ6FAVP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/03/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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