CHILE: The Junta Wins in a Landslide

Anti-U.N. election strengthens the military

At dusk in downtown Santiago last week, cheering throngs gathered outside the Diego Portales building to celebrate the lopsided 75% vote in favor of Chile's ruling military junta in a hastily called referendum. A euphoric President Augusto Pinochet Ugarte termed the results "magnificent," and pledged, without noticeably dampening the mood of his supporters, that "there will be no more elections for ten years."

That was hardly what Chileans had voted for. Before last week's national "consultation," as the balloting was described in Chile, Pinochet had insisted that...

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