CHILE: Mandate for Allende

"We have given the world a lesson," Salvador Allende Gossens declared jubilantly last week. Five months ago Allende became the world's first Marxist head of state to win office through a free election. Last week, in nationwide municipal contests, he won a bigger share of the vote and a fair-sized endorsement of his policies.

Allende's Popular Unity coalition claimed 50.8%. Actually, if void, blank and independent ballots had been included in the total count, the coalition's share of the vote would have amounted to 49.7%. Still, the figure was an impressive increase over the 36.3% Allende received in the 1970 presidential...

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