Former strongman, President Juan Peron, is scheduled to return to Argentina on November the 17th for the first time since he was overthrown in September, 1975.
GV EXTERNAL People gather outside Savoy hotel (2 shots)
TV INT. People going into press room
GV Committee seated
SCU Hector Campora speaks in Spanish (announcing arrival)
SV People applauding
SV People singing songs (good sound)
SAVOY HOTEL WHERE MEETING HELD; PARTY MEMBERS AND PRESS GATHERING; CAMPORA ANNOUNCES RETURN; PEOPLE APPLAUDING AND SINGING PERONISTA SONGS.
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Background: Former strongman, President Juan Peron, is scheduled to return to Argentina on November the 17th for the first time since he was overthrown in September, 1975.
The date was announced at a meeting of the Congress of Person's Justicialist Party by Dr. Hector Campora, the former President's personal representatives.
The party on Tuesday nominated Person, now 77, as its candidate in the Presidential elections next March.
Since 1960, Juan Person has been living in Spain.
Despite the announced date for his return to the country he ruled for more than nine years, correspondents said there was still some doubt about whether he would actually go back.
They said Peron was believed reluctant to leave the comfort of his elegant mansion in Madrid to face the danger of reprisals from the legions of enemies he left behind when he fled Argentina.
Some Peronist leaders believe the time for his return is not ripe...despite strong support that remains for him.
SYNOPSIS: In Argentine, members of the Justicialist Party gather to hear the latest news on the impending return of their leader and former strongman President, Juan Peron. Since nineteen-sixty, he has been living in Spain.
Peron was overthrown in September, nineteen-fifty-five after ruling Argentine with an iron hand for more than nine years. Some time ago, it was announced he would be allowed to return to contest the Presidential elections next March, Person's personal representative, Doctor Hector Campora, flew briefly to Madrid and back to Buenos Aires last week to make final arrangements,. On his return to Argentina, Doctor Campora told a Party meeting that Juan Peron would return on a chartered airliner on November the 17th He did not say how long Peron would stay in the country. But the Justicialist Party later confirmed that it would nominate Peron, now seventy-seven, as its Presidential candidates. Despite the announcement, some correspondents feel that the former President's return may be delayed or even shelved altogether. They say Peron is believed reluctant to leave the safety of his mansion in Madrid to return to Argentina, where he left behind legions of enemies. But there is also widespread popular support for Peron...as evidenced by these party members, singing Peronista songs