Argentina: Again, One-Man Rule

In order to consolidate his hold on the country, Argentine President Juan Carlos Onganía two weeks ago fired his army, navy and air force chiefs in a single, deft purge. The move rid General Onganía of a significant liberal military opposition and gave him near-absolute power for the first time in his 26 months in office. The officers he sacked were Lieut. General Julio Alsogaray, Admiral Benigno Varela, commander of naval operations, and Brigadier General Adolfo Alvarez, air force commander in chief.

The most important among them was Army Commander in Chief Alsogaray,...

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