Argentina: Saa resigns

Jim Drysdale jimd48 at btinternet.com
Sun Dec 30 21:13:41 MST 2001


Argentina: Saa resigns


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>Reuters; BBC. 30 and 31 December 2001. Argentina's Interim President
>Resigns After Protests; Argentine interim leader resigns.
>
>BUENOS AIRES -- Argentine interim President Adolfo Rodriguez Saa
>resigned on Sunday, the country's second leader in just over a week to
>quit after violent street protests amid a grinding recession.
>
>Rodriguez Saa said in a televised address his resignation could not be
>rejected and was effective immediately. He had been due to hold office
>until elections in March but blamed his departure on a lack of support
>from his own Peronist Party.
>
>His departure came after renewed protests over the collapsing economy
>prompted his cabinet to offer to resign en masse.
>
>Mr Rodriguez Saa spent Sunday holding emergency talks with Peronist
>provincial governors, but most of them failed to turn up.
>
>The BBC's Daniel Schweimler in Buenos Aires says the caretaker
>president's failure to get the support he needed from his own party
>plunges the country ever deeper into crisis.
>
>"Argentines don't have the luxury of watching politicians who are only
>worried about their personal goals while the country goes up in flames,"
>one, Carlos Ruckauf, governor of Buenos Aires province, told the
>newspaper Clarin on Sunday.
>
>Thousands of Argentines took to the streets late on Friday, protesting
>Rodriguez Saa's handling of an economic slump now in its fourth year and
>accusing him of putting corrupt politicians in his cabinet. After
>several hours of calm, violent clashes with police erupted, leading to
>looting of Congress and downtown banks.
>
>Violent protests that killed 27 people forced Fernando de la Rua to
>resign as president on Dec. 20 only halfway through his four-year term.
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