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    Socialist Salvador Allende is virtually assured of final election as Chilean President after a decision on Sunday (4 October) by the Christian Democratic Party to support him in Congress against right-winger Jorge Allessandri.

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    Socialist Salvador Allende is virtually assured of final election as Chilean President after a decision on Sunday (4 October) by the Christian Democratic Party to support him in Congress against right-winger Jorge Allessandri.

    Senor Allende, of the United Popular Front of left-wing parties, won the Presidential election on September 4th but did not get the necessary fifty per cent of the votes to secure outright election. Because of this there has to be a run-off between him and Mr. Allessandri, who came second, when Congress meets on October 24th.

    The Supreme National Council of the ruling Christian Democrats, who hold the balance of power in Congress with 75 of the 200 seats, decided by a vote of 271 to 191 to support 62 year-old Mr. Allende.

    The acceptance, at the Assembly of the Supreme National Council of the Christian Democratic Party came after a meeting earlier in the day between Senor Allende and the Christian Democrats' leader Benjamin Prado, and extensive discussion of the issue at the headquarters of the Christian Democratic Party in Santiago.

    The Christian Democrats's approval followed acceptance by the Popular Front of certain constitutional guarantees to be enshrined in the Constitution in return for supporting Allende.

    These included maintenance of a multi-party system, the right of free expression, a free and secret vote, a guarantee that the three branches of Government--executive, legislative and judicial--remained independent, and that education was to remain without ideological orientation.

    The National Council recommended that a multi-party Commission be formed immediately to word the guarantees, but added that the Christian Democrats would present their own statute of guarantees to Congress if the left-wing parties did not agree.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABV7O3N4NV6YWN50H53DP7YBW7
    Media URN:
    VLVABV7O3N4NV6YWN50H53DP7YBW7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/10/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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