Argentina's President, Senora Maria Estela Peron, received a massive demonstration of support in Buenos Aires on Saturday (6 March).
Argentina's President, Senora Maria Estela Peron, received a massive demonstration of support in Buenos Aires on Saturday (6 March). She later addressed a critical meeting of the ruling Peronist Party congress in the city. Police estimated that several thousand people turned out to demonstrate for Senora Peron.
Senora Peron has come under increasing pressure to resign from office, as the country's economic and political crisis continues. However, Senora Peron appeared to restore her control of the Peronist Party during the congress which followed an earlier announcement of a harsh and unpopular economic austerity programme.
Despite her success, Senora Peron's critics said it was a hollow victory. At least 40 per cent of the party's delegates boycotted the crisis meeting. Delegates from three provinces were also banned.
Earlier, the streets around the Cervantes Theater -- where the meeting was held -- were packed with the President's supporters. Thousands of them marched and chanted as delegates arrived.
As party members opposed to Senora Peron arrived outside the theater, the crowds increased their yelling and chanting for the President, but she did not appear. Her critics include government Deputy Ferdinando Pedrini and Senor Manuel Torres, a member of the powerful Peronist Council. Both were at the meeting.
Senor Torres has said that unless Senora Peron sacks several advisors and Cabinet ministers, she should resign from office.
However, the tone of her speech to the Peronist Party's special congress was defiant. Opposition politicians and dissident Peronists said that the line of her speech made it absolutely clear that Senora Peron had no intention of meeting demands for political change in the government.
SYNOPSIS: Buenos Aires where on Saturday a crisis meeting of the Peronist Party Congress was held amid continuing calls for the resignation of Argentina's President, Senora Maria Estela Peron.
At the conference, Senora Peron appeared to restore control of the party, although her critics -- including government Deputy, Senor Ferdinando Pedrini, seen here arriving for the congress -- have called for her resignation.
Another strong critic of Senora Peron is Peronist Council member, Senor Manuel Torres. Thousands of the supporters of Senora Peron yelled and chanted outside the theatre, as Senor Torres arrived for the meeting. He has said the President would have to meet demands for a major government re-shuffle or accept the calls for her resignation.
However, the tone of Senora Peron's speech to congress was defiant. Opposition politicians and dissident Peronists said it was absolutely clear that the President had no intention of meeting the resignation demands.
Senora peron's critics regarded her success with the congress as a hollow victory. They said 40 per cent of the delegates boycotted the meeting.
Although support for Senora Peron appeared strong outside the theater -- the country is still in political turmoil with no sign of an end to the crisis.