Marxist candidate Salvador Allende, who gained a narrow victory in Chile's presidential election on Friday, believes that his example may point the way to further socialist victories in other South American countries.
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Background: Marxist candidate Salvador Allende, who gained a narrow victory in Chile's presidential election on Friday, believes that his example may point the way to further socialist victories in other South American countries.
But Signor Allende is not yet certain of being nominated President since he did not obtain the necessary absolute majority to succeed the outgoing Christian Democrat, President Eduardo Frei. A joint session of Congress next month will decide whether he becomes South America's first Marxist head of state.
Signor Allende's first priority is to improve the economy. His principal aim is to recover for Chile the wealth currently in the hands of foreigners. He has plans to nationalise all United States-owned copper mines -- the backbone of the country's economy -- as well as banks, public services and the press.
Pending next month's Congress meeting, the situation in Chile remains tense and its political future by no means certain. But despite right-wing calls for Chileans to reject Marxism, Signor Allende is confident that he will be the country's next President and that the armed forces will do nothing to prevent his installation.