After a delay of 24 hours, results of the Chilean congressional elections were released on Monday (5 March) and showed the government of Marxist President Salvador Allende had won a slightly increased share of the vote and retained power.
SC PAN Men counting votes at railway station platform
MV & CU Votes being counted (3 shots)
CU & MV Men counting votes (2 shots)
CU Women sorting votes
CU & MV Women counting votes (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM Dais TO Press listening to results being given out by Daniel Vergara
CU Journalists making notes
MV ZOOM INTO CU Vergara announcing results
CU & MV Christian Democrat supporters cheering (2 shots)
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Background: After a delay of 24 hours, results of the Chilean congressional elections were released on Monday (5 March) and showed the government of Marxist President Salvador Allende had won a slightly increased share of the vote and retained power.
Votes were counted on Sunday night, but the delay resulted from recounts in a hotly-contested Santiago area, according to the government.
The opposition coalition won 54.7 per cent of the vote against 43.39 per cent for President Allende's Popular Unity Coalition. Before the election, President Allende said his coalition would consider it a triumph to win anything more than 36.2 per cent of the poll - the proportion by which he was elected in September, 1970.
The opposition coalition, which brought several hostile groups into alliance, had hoped to get two-thirds of the vote to be able to impeach the President. The election results apparently mean he will still lead a minority government facing a hostile congress but one unable to unseat him.
He is serving a six-year term which expires in 1976.
SYNOPSIS: The vote count in Chile's congressional elections was good news for the government of President Salvador Allende.
The results returned his Popular Unity coalition to power with a slightly increased share of the vote. His government is still in minority, outweighed by the combined vote for the opposition.
The final results were held up for twenty-four hours, only released on Monday after recounts in Santiago. The combined opposition got just over fifty-four per cent of the vote to Popular Unity's forty-four per cent.
This thwarted an aim of the opposition to gain a two-thirds share of the vote putting it in position to impeach the president. The opposition fiercely opposes Mr. Allende, the first freely-elected Marxist head of state in the world.
Results were not posted, but were announced informally to the gathered press by Daniel Vergara, an Interior Ministry sub-secretary.
President Allende had said before the election that his party would consider any increase over the nineteen seventy results a victory.
The final voting indicates that Allende will face a hostile congress for the rest of his six year term, but without a two-thirds, unified majority, one that will be unable to unseat him.