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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gov’t stages celebrations

Activists to flock to Plaza de Mayo today

The government will be holding a large celebration to celebrate the 30 years of democracy today — led by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Fernández de Kirchner made a point of inviting all former presidents to the rally that will be held at the Bicentennial Museum, but not everyone has accepted the invitation.

The Kirchnerite administration invited current political forces to take part in the ceremony scheduled to begin at 6pm, when the president will be delivering a speech, according to state-run news agency Télam.

It will be a much-anticipated appeareance considering Fernández de Kirchner has kept a low-profile after she returned from medical leave, leaving centre stage for her new Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich.

Thirty years ago, then-president Rául Alfonsín took office after seven years of dictatorship, which saw the disappeareance of thousands of people and the snatching of hundreds of children from their mothers, many of whom have never found those children.

Alfonsín passed away in 2009, but his son Ricardo, one of the Civic and Social Progressive Front leaders, confirmed he would take part in today’s rally.

Late Néstor Kirchner’s predecessor, caretaker president Eduardo Duhalde, yesterday sent a letter to the president, informing her that he would not attend the celebration.

“I will not be able to attend, even though I would like to, due to personal reasons,” Duhalde wrote. “I appreciate your invitation and I wish you the best for your personal life and for the task you have ahead.”

The Peronist who ruled the country between 2002 and 2003 went on: “These 30 years of democracy deserve to be celebrated with greatness of spirit and open hands toward society as a whole.”

Former president Fernando de la Rúa yesterday said he wanted to attend the ceremony but he could not because he would have to attend a hearing in the trial he is currently facing for bribery to pass a law to flexibilize labour conditions at the Senate in 2000.

Adolfo Rodríguez Saá and Carlos Menem were also invited but it was not confirmed if they would be able to attend.

Simultaneously, a rally will be held at the Plaza de Mayo under the slogan “Democracy Forever.”

Several artists have confirmed their presence at the event, which is scheduled to begin at 3pm. Singers León Gieco, Víctor Heredia and Adriana Varela will be taking part in the concert. Musician Gustavo Santaolalla will be joining them.

The president is also expected to address the crowd at Plaza de Mayo.

Herald with Télam

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