ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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SANTIAGO-Chile An Interim Assessment

SANTIAGO Chile: An Interim Assessment T V Sathyamurthy THE Unidad Popular (UP) or United Front government of Chile under President Salvador Allende has now been in power for over six months. A vigorous initiative in introducing far- reaching changes in the economic structure of the country and a determined effort to inaugurate a radical policy of agrarian reform were followed by several weeks of persistent rumours of economic crisis and military coup (especially during the months of February and March this year). Since the nation- wide municipal elections of April at which the UP secured nearly 50 per cent of the total number of votes cast, Chile has entered a period of comparative political equilibrium during which the stability of the present government is unlikely to be threatened.1 Though it is yet too soon to predict with accuracy the achievements of the present government, the political path already charted by it is clear enough to warrant scrutiny at this stage.

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