The World: Isabelita Peron: La Presidenta

From an object of curiosity, and even scorn, she has suddenly become the focus of her countrymen's attention. It was she who appeared on television to reveal the seriousness of her husband's illness. It was she who, choking back tears, announced that he had died. And it was again she—dressed in black unadorned with jewelry—who symbolized Argentina's sorrow. The icy smile, the tightly pulled-back hair dyed dark blonde and the slightly strident voice of Maria Estela ("Isabelita") Martinez de Perón, 43, last week dominated the...

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