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April 16, 1975
WEDNESDAY APRIL 16. 1975 C -> The Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C00241194 National Intelligence Daily Published by the Oliveto, el Central Intelligence ler Newt &WWI: Only VOLUME 2. NUMBER 89 134 Copy No. irbli-seeptax Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C00241194 Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C00241194 Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C00241194 NR THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DAILY 1�.1.11.11111-11114MOITMT Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 CO0241194 .......ESDAY APRIL 16.1973 3 Peronists Win Local Victory In Argentina The Argentine government of President Maria Estela Peron won a modest victory when it captured the governorship of Misiones Province in an election last Sun- day. It was the first test at the polls since Juan Peron's election in September 1973. The most encouraging sign for Mrs. Peron's supporters was the severe defeat suffered by a splinter left-wing Peronist party backed by the Montonero guerrillas. Extreme leftist Peronists will, however, point to the drubbing as justification for their campaign of violence. The strong showing of the centrist op- position Radical Party�which finished a close second�probably owed much to a substantial protest vote against the government's policies and a backlash against massive vote-buying by Social Welfare Minister Lopez Rega, who blatantly handed out millions of pesos in "subsidies" prior to the balloting. Radical gains will enhance the posi- tion of party leader Balbin. who has been under fire from within his party for not taking a harder line. The outcome of the Misiones vote may well serve temporarily to restrain comer- valine critics of Lopez Rego within the Peronist labor movement and the military. Some of them will grudgingly admit that the stringy of the President's chief adviser worked to contain the challenge from the diseident Peronist left even if it did no at the expense of losing voles to the Radicals, There is at least a fair chance that the government sweats will strengthen the hand of moderates such as Interior Minister Rocamora, who have en- couraged the President to adopt a more conciliatory approach in dealing with other political parties. Rocsmora is a staunch advocate of close cooperation with opposition party leaders and has urged Mrs. Peron to hold elections in provinces that have been put under direct central government control. There is no assurance, however, that voices of moderation will be heeded by Mrs. Peron as long as Loner Resa retInn his dominant influence. SISC.911r1--- Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C00241194 Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C00241194 Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C00241194 NR