ARGENTINA: Long Federal Arm

Argentina's Minister of Interior summoned newsmen to his office last week and officially confirmed a red-hot rumor. It was true, said Minister Angel Gabriel Borlenghi, that the government of President Juan Perón had "intervened," i.e., taken over the governments of the provinces of Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero and Tucuman. Perón had summarily dismissed the governors, legislatures and all municipal authorities in the three provinces, and appointed three "interventors" with dictatorial powers, including authority to supervise the provincial courts.

Federal intervention of cities and provinces is an old Argentine custom, practiced...

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