• Short Summary

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

    INTRODUCTION: Argentina's military president designate, Leopoldo Galtieri completed his civilian dominated cabinet on Friday (18 December), appointing Doctor Roberto Alemann to the key Economic Ministry.Mr.Galtieri takes office on Tuesday (22 December), replacing the ailing Roberto Viola, General Galtieri, who retains his command of the army and seat in the three-man military junta, takes power at a time when Argentina is in deep economic and political crisis.

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    GV People milling outside Union Civica Radical Party Headquarters. 0.08
    SV Former President Arturo Illia arriving and crowd clapping 0.29
    SV Former Vice President Justicialista Deolindo Bittel arriving and chanting a welcome. 0.46
    TV INTERIOR Crowd in headquarters. 0.51
    SV Radical Party chief, Juan Carlos Pugliese reading from document as other party leaders listen. (5 SHOTS) 1.26
    SV Crowd applauding. 1.30
    CU PULL BACK TO GV PAN Loudspeakers outside and crowd applauding. (2 SHOTS) 1.56

    Background: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

    INTRODUCTION: Argentina's military president designate, Leopoldo Galtieri completed his civilian dominated cabinet on Friday (18 December), appointing Doctor Roberto Alemann to the key Economic Ministry.Mr.Galtieri takes office on Tuesday (22 December), replacing the ailing Roberto Viola, General Galtieri, who retains his command of the army and seat in the three-man military junta, takes power at a time when Argentina is in deep economic and political crisis.

    SYNOPSIS: The country's five major political parties have seized on the opportunity to demand that the military regime call free general elections and disclose the fate of thousands of people who have disappeared since 1975.The demand was made on Wednesday (16 December) at the first major rally of its kind since the 1976 military takeover.The huge crowd gave enthusiastic welcomes to former presidents, including Arturo Illia, himself toppled by a military coup after a three year reign in 1976.The reception for former Vice President Justicialista Deolindo Bittel was equally frenetic.

    As three thousand supporters of the parties chanted slogans against the military junta, Radical Party chief Juan Carlos Pugliese presented the democracy tot he top leaders of the five parties.The documents, entitled "Before It Is Too Late", painted a bleak picture of Argentina's situation.It dismissed the removal of President Viola and his replacement by Galtieri as 'a struggle for power lacking principles and ideas which boost plans against the nation's interests'.Calling for early and unrestricted elections, the document said 'normalisation must begin now with the lifting of restrictions imposed on political parties and unions.'
    The Radical Party headquarters overflowed for the rally, made possible only by the recent government easing of a ban on political parties and labour union activities.Outside, through loudspeakers, hopeful Argentines heard what amounted to a manifesto for democracy, signed by the Peronists, the Radicals, the Integration and Development Movement, the Christian Democrats and the Intransigent Party.Between them, they won more than 80 per cent of the vote in the last general elections in 1973.

    Source: REUTERS - JORGE CASAL

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9GRNJ8TPHBTFYQRK0G80HZNFU
    Media URN:
    VLVA9GRNJ8TPHBTFYQRK0G80HZNFU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/12/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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