• Short Summary

    Four and a half million Chileans vote on Sunday in Congressional elections which all parliamentary parties regard as the most important test of electoral feelings since Marxist President Salvador Allende took office 30 months ago.

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    Four and a half million Chileans vote on Sunday in Congressional elections which all parliamentary parties regard as the most important test of electoral feelings since Marxist President Salvador Allende took office 30 months ago.

    At stake in the elections are 150 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and half of the 50-seat Senate. Most observers regard the result as something of a vote of confidence -- or censure -- on the leftwing Popular Unity coalition government of Dr. Allende.

    The combined opposition parties range from middle-of-the-road Christian Democrats to extreme right-wing National Party. If they win to-thirds of the seats in both houses, they would pass censure motions on President Allende, ultimately forcing his resignation.

    On the eve of the poll, the National Party held a massive rally in a carnival atmosphere in Santiago. Tens of thousands of people gathered in the Plaza Italia to hear an address by party president Onofre Jarpa, who's standing as a candidate for the Senate.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA33E883R4ZGOKL6T79DTWD07GM
    Media URN:
    VLVA33E883R4ZGOKL6T79DTWD07GM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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