December 21, 2014
CFK heads Perón's 40th death anniversary ceremony
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner led a commemorative ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of late former president Juan Domingo Perón’s death. The head of state delivered a speech in homage of “popular Latin American leaders of the 20th century” honouring historic figure of the Radical Party Hipólito Yrigoyen as well.
At the Hall of Women of the government house, Ms. Kirchner announced her administration was submitting a project to the Buenos Aires City legislature seeking to pass a project to place the sculptures of both Perón and Irigoyen at the City’s Plaza de la República where Argentina’s national monument, the Obelisk, stands.
Praising “two great leaders of the country’s national political movement," the president pointed out Juan Domingo Perón and Hipólito Yrigoyen were victims of coups “legitimased” by the judicial branch.
“It is the only power that was never overthrown. Attorneys, judges, the judicial branch of the nation is the one that validated the doctrine of coups,” CFK affirmed renewing her long-standing pledge for the reform of Argentina’s judicial system.
“(The judicial branch) governs itself, elects its members by mechanisms that some day will have to be revised. It won’t be me or the next (president to see those changes). But history is unstoppable and cultural changes must be reflected if not society ends up forgetting where the root of its own problems is,” she stressed.
Perón and vulture funds
"In a time when Argentine sovereignty and the unrestricted defence of national interests are under discussion, it is important to remember that with Perón there was no external debt," Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said at his daily press briefing at the government house. Referring to the 40th anniversary of the leader's death, Capitanich praised Perón's "political decision to seek autonomy."
Besides the official ceremony, several commemoration rallies will take place today, headed by anti-government Peronist sectors.
The 62 Peronist Organizations leaded by Gerónimo Venegas will hold its own rally at 3060 Independencia Avenue along with leader of the anti-government splinter of the CGT labour confederation Hugo Moyano, socialist lawmaker and a candidate to run in the 2015 presidential elections Hermes Binner and Radical Party lawmaker Ernesto Sanz, among other participants.
One of the most influential leaders in Argentine history, founder of the Peronist Movement, Perón died at 78 on July 1, 1974, leaving his wife and vicepresident María Estela Martínez in office, until a military coup took over her government almost two years later.