ARGENTINA: Clean Sweep

Working twelve hours a day, Argentina's new President Eduardo Lonardi last week set about the orderly launching of his own administration and dismantling of the police-state trappings and symbolism of the discredited Perón regime.

An "eternal flame" that burned in memory of Eva Perón on an outside wall of the Congress building was snuffed out. A navy cruiser was sent to Uruguay to bring back 450 anti-Peronista exiles. Universities, whose staffs Perón loaded with subservient hacks, were de-Peronized as fast as possible. The new President, a churchgoing Roman Catholic, restored to the calendar five religious holidays canceled by Perón.

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