Former President Eduardo Duhalde admitted today that “he should not have said” what he said about a coup scenario in the country, he affirmed that his statements are due to “a response linked to the momentary loss of the mind, which disengages from reality. “, and said he felt” calm “after politicians from various parties and the Defense Minister himself, Agustín Rossi, ruled out any possibility of a possible coup.
In an interview with A24, Duhalde responded to the criticism he received from a large part of the political community, human rights organizations and unions for his statements about the possibility of a breakdown of the constitutional order in the country.
“I have heard all the repercussions of many friendly people. What does a former president have to do if a person whom he has a lot of trust tells him that they are preparing a coup,” he defended himself.
Last Monday, in statements to América TV, Duhalde had expressed that “it is ridiculous that they think that next year there will be elections. Why will there be elections?”, Adding that “between 1930 and 1983 there were 14 military presidents “and that” whoever ignores that militarism is getting back on its feet in America does not know what is happening. “
The former president revealed that when he was alerted by a “gentleman of the Army” about the possibility of a coup, he immediately transmitted it to Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and then to Defense Minister Agustín Rossi.
“When they tell me that, I wanted to locate Rossi, I couldn’t do it, I called Cristina, I told her this is happening and she told me: ‘go immediately to see Rossi’ and on July 18 I went to see him. I told her exactly what I knew and he told me: ‘Eduardo I am absolutely convinced that the Armed Forces are defending the democratic system, but I am going to find out,’ “said Duhalde.
However, “I was still afraid because, unlike the majority, I lived, -was the municipal mayor of Lomas de Zamora- the 1976 coup with extraordinary drama. Many people lived it with a lot of drama. Not only (for having ) missing children, but also feel thousands of prodded, “he added.
Asked about the identity of the soldier who alerted him to a possible breach of constitutional order, the former Buenos Aires governor refused to reveal his name. “I said what I had to say to whom it belongs, which is Rossi,” he said.
In this regard, he assured that he informed the Defense Minister of the identity of the military man, but refused to give more details of that talk.
“I cannot tell what I told the minister for elementary reasons. Imagine that he is a gentleman from the Army who is undercover today, he is a Peronist so he is afraid that there will be a coup,” he insisted.
However, in another part of the interview, Duhalde gave his version of why he launched that warning last Monday on a television program that, he said, worried his wife, former senator Hilda “Chiche” Duhalde, and his daughters “very much” .
“I told my daughters and now everyone that for many months I have been talking about an issue: that the (coronavirus) pandemic produces psychotic attitudes, a disengagement from reality and, never like now, do you see people saying things that in his right mind he would not say them, “he said.
“I want to tell my daughters that I am not exempt from having these psychotic issues. It can happen to me. I do not recognize myself saying what I said. It is not a psychotic break, it is an instant, it is a disengagement from reality. It is like a flash, “he justified.
“As I have a panic about the coup, then I start to think, I see the advance of militarism in Latin America and it begins to scare me more. That obviously produces that effect on me. My daughter told my granddaughter, Dad had a moment, a disengagement from reality and he said what he did not have to say, “he said.
The former president admitted that “he should not have said” what he said in that program and insisted that it was “a response linked to the momentary loss of the mind that disengages from reality.”
In this regard, he said he was “calm” about the possibility of an attempted coup because “people from the different political parties” told him: ‘Eduardo is right, Agustin Rossi.’