Argentine President Maria Estela Peron returned to Buenos Aires Wednesday (15 October) to take over from Senator Italo Luder, who had been interim President during her month-long rest cure.
LV & CU Airforce base with armed guards (4 shots)
SV & CU Newsmen checked by police (2 shots)
GV Aircraft taxiing in
SCU Dr. Luder (tall man in light suit) waits
SV PAN Mrs. Peron out of 'plane met by service chiefs and embraced by Dr. Luder before they walk across tarmac
SV & CU Mrs. Peron waves from car window, police chase people away from motorcade (3 shots)
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Background: Argentine President Maria Estela Peron returned to Buenos Aires Wednesday (15 October) to take over from Senator Italo Luder, who had been interim President during her month-long rest cure.
The resumption ceremony took place on Thursday (16 October) night and was attended by the Cabinet and armed forces leaders.
Her return to the Presidency coincides with preparations by right-wing Peronists for a mass welcome home loyalist rally.
Stringent security will be the key-note of the rally.
Mrs. Peron's return surprised many Argentines because of a bitter debate among Peronists on the political advisability of her staying in office.
Many recalled a wave of violence in the northern town of Formosa on 5 October when 50 people were killed.
Some Peronist labour and parliamentary leaders had urged Mrs. Peron to stay away, until at least Christmas, to give Senor Luder a chance to Solve Argentina's deep political, social and economic problems.
One week ago, Senor Luder authorised the army to carry out an anti-guerrilla offensive throughout the country to try and end the wave ??? violence which claimed 160 lives during Mrs. Peron's 32-day rest cure.
SYNOPSIS: This is the Air Force base in Buenos Aires used by Maria Estela Peron on her return to Argentina's capital to resume the Presidency. She was on a rest cure for thirty-two days during which Senator Italo Luder was interim President. During those thirty-two days, one-hundred and-sixty people were killed by left-wing violence.
There security at the base was tight as the welcoming party, headed by Senator Luder, waited for the arrival of the Air Force 'plane bringing the President.
Senator Luder looked calm and his face showed no signs of the strain he was under.
Mrs. Peron looked relaxed. She appeared tanned and fit, and seemed to have put on weight. She had spent the last month in Central Cordoba province on the advice of her doctors who recommended rest so that she could recover from exhaustion and illness caused by months of economic and political turmoil. Mrs. Peron's return to the Presidency surprised many Argentineans because of a bitter debate among Peronists on the political advisability of such a move. Peronist labour and parliamentary leaders had urged her to stay away until at least Christmas.
Within twenty-four hours of her return to Buenos Aires, the President was scheduled to preside over a mass rally to celebrate Loyalty Day. Loyalty Day marks a revolt twenty-nine years ago which paved the way for the late General Peron's first Presidency. It was the first time for twenty years that Peronists have publicly celebrated the day. As her car took her from the air force base to the Presidential Palace, Police had a difficult time controlling her supporters.