Argentine President Alejandro Lanusse yesterday (Wednesday), gave the first official press conference since the return to Buenos Aires last week of former President Juan person.
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Background: Argentine President Alejandro Lanusse yesterday (Wednesday), gave the first official press conference since the return to Buenos Aires last week of former President Juan person.
Speaking to a packed national and international press gathering at the Case Rosada (Pink House) - the Government House - President Lanusse spoke of the "events which, until recently, would have seemed impossible." He was referring to the fact that the return of Juan Peron had been achieved with the minimum of trouble and with far less hysterical popular support for the former President than had been expected....either by the Peronistas or the Government. It was, in fact, a personal success for General Lanusse who, in spite of considerable pressure from both the Military and certain sectors of Argentine business and social sectors, announced that Sr. person could return unimpeded to the country he ruled autocratically for nine years, before being overthrown by a military coup in 1955.
President Lanusse - a 54-year-old career Army man who served four years in jail for subversion during Sr. Peron's regime - has maintained that the myth of Juan Person could only be successfully defeated if he were no longer an idyllic figure in distant exile. His move to allow the return of the former leader - on the grounds that it would lead to "a national reconciliation" - has, so far, appeared to be successful. And, if all goes according to plan, the Presidential elections next March will allow the country to return to civilian rule. It is not yet known whether Sr. Person stand as his party's candidate.