President Salvador Allende, last week in Santiago, announced plans to set up a single-chamber popular assembly to replace Chile's current two-chamber Congress.
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SV Women and children collect free milk (3 shots)
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SV Allende speaks to crowd.
GV Crowd in stadium and Portraits of leaders (3 shots)
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Background: President Salvador Allende, last week in Santiago, announced plans to set up a single-chamber popular assembly to replace Chile's current two-chamber Congress. The President was speaking at a giant rally, marking his first year in office.
More than 80,000 people packed the city's National Football stadium to hear the Marxist President and watch the celebrations. President Allende said he would send bill to congress on Tuesdays (9 November), which would suppress the legislative body and pave the way for the popular assembly. Political opposition to the plan is growing and they claim that the president's move is a first stop in ending political democracy in Chile.
President Allende's first year in power can be termed a success. Living standard have risen for the poor and the middle class. His promise of free milk for every child in Chile has been carried out. Foreign economists say the country is experiencing a boom. It is generally agreed, however, that the success of the President's experiment - building a Marxist socialism within a democratic framework--will depend on how well the economy continues to function. For this reason, President Allende's second year in power could be most erotical.