Representatives of 20 Argentine political parties including the communists and conservatives and the ruling Peronist coalition got together with trade unionists and businessmen in Buenos Aires and gave the world's first woman president, President Maria Estela Peron an overwhelming vote of confidence.
GV INT Conference
CU Brunello speaking right
SV Balbin and Perette listening
SCU Coral listening
SV Lima listening
GV Brunello speaking
GV Delegates listen
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Background: Representatives of 20 Argentine political parties including the communists and conservatives and the ruling Peronist coalition got together with trade unionists and businessmen in Buenos Aires and gave the world's first woman president, President Maria Estela Peron an overwhelming vote of confidence.
After a four and a half hour meeting on Monday (July 29.) they issued a statement declaring their "commitment to support constitutional continuity, authentically represented in President Maria Estela Martinez de Peron, and the full rule of democracy".
Observers noted that the single abstention by the left wing Socialist Workers Party was the first open indication of dissatisfaction by a political party in the new President's brief period of power.
The meeting was called by the Peronists to continue a "dialogue of national unity" begun by General Peron with the entire spectrum of Argentine political parties in 1972.
The meeting came at a time of increased speculation that the Government will outlaw the "Montoneros" or roughriders, who fought as guerrillas against Argentina's former military rulers and contributed to the return of Peronism.
But disenchantment has been setting in since General Peron began a purge of "marxist infiltrators" in his movement and the "Montoneros" recently threatened to return to arms unless President Peron sings her policies more to the left. The Montoneros are also suspected of a number of recent political assassinations.
SYNOPSIS: Leaders of twenty Argentine political parties ranging from Communist to Conservative got together in the capital, Buenos Aires, on Monday.
Dr. Duilio Brunello of the ruling Peronist Justicialist party chaired the conference which continued the dialogue of national unity begun by General Peron two years ago.
The radical Party were represented by Dr. Carlos Balbin and Dr. Carlos Perette.
The talks came amid unconfirmed reports that the Government will outlaw the Montoneros, the guerrilla fighters who helped General Peron to power. The Montoneros are threatening to fight again unless President Maria Estela Peron backs more left wing policies.
The four and a half hour meeting passed an overwhelming vote of confidence in President Peron - the world's first woman President. The meeting recognised her as the legitimate successor of President Juan Peron who died on July the first.