The President of Argentina, President Juan Peron on Monday (Dec. 31) presented newly promoted generals, admirals and brigadiers with their sabres and insignias of office, following the recent shake-up in the higher echelons of Argentina's armed forces.
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Background: The President of Argentina, President Juan Peron on Monday (Dec. 31) presented newly promoted generals, admirals and brigadiers with their sabres and insignias of office, following the recent shake-up in the higher echelons of Argentina's armed forces.
In the space of two weeks both the commanders of the Army and the Navy resigned.
The first to go was Admiral Carlos Alvarez. The man who replaced him, Rear-Admiral Emilio Massera, has been described as "a constitutionalist" opposed to further military takeovers. He was appointed over the heads of eight senior admirals all of whom were retired.
The fall of Admiral Alvarez came after he tried to send Rear-Admiral Massera abroad as a naval attache.
The resignation of General Jorge Raul Carcagno, the Army Commander in Chief came after he presented his annual list of promotions. Defence Minister Angel Robledo struck out one name and asked for the withdrawal of four others. In December the Peronist dominated Senate backed the Minister in refusing to ratify the promotions and on December 19 General Carcagno resigned and six other generals went with him.
There have been reports by foreign correspondents that there were fears in Peronist circles that General Carcagno was building himself a large personal following which could be a danger to President Peron.
His command has passed to General Leandro Enrique Anaya, who immediately proclaimed a strictly professional role for the Army and re-shuffled top commands.
SYNOPSIS: At Government House, Buenos Aires on Monday, newly promoted Argentine generals, admirals and brigadiers received the sabres and insignia of their posts. The presentations by President Juan Peron, accompanied by his wife Isabel, came after a shake-up in the higher echelons of the country's armed forces.
Commanders of both the Army and Navy recently resigned.
First to go was Admiral Carlos Alvarez. He was replaced by Rear-Admiral Emilio Massera over the heads of eight senior admirals who were retired at the same time. Army Commander in Chief, General Jorge Raul Carcagno, resigned after his annual list of promotions was not approved. Six Generals went with him.
The presentations came two months after the return to power of seventy eight year old Juan Peron.
Outside observers have said both commanders were forced to resign because they were strengthening their own positions by promoting political allies.
The shake up in the high command has been seen as a firm move by President Peron to re-establish civilian control over the military.
When the Peronists came to power last May the Army was generally discredited and widely disliked after seven years of rule.
General Peron's new Army Commander in Chief, General Leandro Enrique Anaya, is a "constitutionalist" who proclaimed a strictly professional role for the Army immediately he was appointed.