Argentina's President Maria Estela Peron, continued to run the government of the country from her sick bed in the hospital where she was being treated for a gall bladder ailment on Tuesday (4 November).
Argentina's President Maria Estela Peron, continued to run the government of the country from her sick bed in the hospital where she was being treated for a gall bladder ailment on Tuesday (4 November). She had been admitted the day before as pressure increased for her to resign.
Visitors were not allowed to see her, and that included several cabinet ministers who called at the hospital of the Little Company of Mary in an exclusive residential quarter of Buenos Aires. The President was said to be keeping in touch with government affairs by telephone. A statement from her Press Secretary said that her condition had improved permitting her to carry out normal tasks.
The pressures on her to resign have increased dramatically since the public has been made aware of a national scandal over the alleged misuse of public funds during her 16-month period in office. On Tuesday Senor Rodolfo Roballos, who was her Minister of Social Welfare from 21 July to 11 August, was arrested on the orders of a judge investigating allegations of corruption in the Ministry. The Ministry's former chief buyer, a trucking company officer, and one other person had been arrested earlier.
A warrant has also been issued for the arrest of Senor Demetrio Horacio Vasquez, the private secretary to Senor Jose Lopez Rega, who was the Social Welfare Minister and a major power in the Government until July, when he left the country accused of having links with a right-wing "death squad".
On Thursday (6 November) the president made a nation-wide broadcast from her hospital bed in which she said that there was no reason for her to resign, and that she had no intention of asking for leave of absence. In her four minute speech she s aid she would stay in office with the support she had been promised by the armed forces, the Church, organised labour and the political parties.