A Wave of euphoria swept Uruguay on November 29 as the results of the Internal Party Elections confirmed overwhelming support for a return to democratic rule.
1. GVs & SVs People counting ballot papers (3 shots) 0.19
2. GV & CU People sorting ballot papers (2 shots) 0.28
3. GV & CU Woman leafing through ballot papers (2 shots) 0.36
4. CU PULL BACK TO GV Ballot box and vote counters at table 0.43
5. GV PAN AND SV Soldier on guard as ballot box arrives; AND SV soldier (2 shots) 0.55
6. SV & SCUs President General Gregorio Alvarez at polling station (3 shots) 1.13
7. GV Alvarez walking outside along road 1.18
8. GVs People chanting and celebrating in streets (5 shots) 1.51
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Background: MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY
A Wave of euphoria swept Uruguay on November 29 as the results of the Internal Party Elections confirmed overwhelming support for a return to democratic rule. The ballot elected a majority of opponents of the military government to the party congresses. Only the two traditional centrist parties, the Colorados and the Blancos, and the small Catholic Civic Union were allowed to put up candidates in the military-sponsored poll. Left wing parties and their former allies, the Christian Democrats, were banned from participating. The election was called by the government after the armed forces' plans for a permanent say in government were heavily defeated in a plebiscite two years ago. Uruguay's President, General Gregorio Alvarez, seen here casting his vote, has pledged to hold presidential and congressional elections in 1984. The official count gave about 60 percent of the votes to the opposition and 28 percent to pro-government factions. Crowds danced, sang and wept with joy in the streets of Montevideo until dawn as loudspeakers blared out the results. The elections mark the first step towards the return of civilian rule after almost a decade of authorization military administration.
Source: MAURICIO ORTIZ