President Augusto Pinochet Ugarte of Chile has announced that there will be no general elections in the country until after a six year transition period ending in 1885.
President Augusto Pinochet Ugarte of Chile has announced that there will be no general elections in the country until after a six year transition period ending in 1885. President Pinochet announced his plans for constitutional changed in Chile during a speech marking the fifth anniversary of the coup which put his military junta in power.
SYNOPSIS: President Pinochet has now worn his sash of office for five years. He assumed the presidency after the armed forces in Chile overthrew the elected Marxist government of Salvador Allende, who died in the coup. Recent dissention among the ruling military officers was quieted when a member of the junta, General Gustavo Leigh was dismissed, and 18 of the 21 Air Force generals were forced to resign of retire. There are now no reports to division within the regime.
President Pinochet's time-table proposes no political opposition for at least six years after a national referendum to be held next year. In the meantime, the military regime will remain the sole source of political power.
President Pinochet ruled out convening a constitutional assembly, but a constitution to be drawn up by a government-appointed commission will be submitted to the nation in a plebiscite next year.
President Pinochet told his audience there would be a transition period after the poll and no political elections before 1985. He said people who demanded a quicker pace had adopted what he called a deceptive belief that elections had a magical power to ensure peace, freedom and progress.
President Pinochet said the dismissed Air Force generals had jeopardised national security when they urged a quicker return to democracy.