In Bolivia, the exiled left-wing leader, Hernan Siles Zuazo, has been elected as the first constitutional president since the armed forces seized power in a coup two years ago.
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA FILE AND OCTOBER 2, 1982 (REUTERS DANIEL BAUER)
CU (FILE) New President, Hernan Siles Zuazo, speaking
GVs EXTERIORS Parliament building in La Paz
GVs INTERIORS PAN OVER Delegates of Congress SVs Delegates talking (3 shots)
GV Public watching Congress from galleries
GVs Congress in session (2 shots)
SV Delegate addressing house greeted with wild applause
GV HIGH ANGLE PAN OVER Congress in session
GVs Delegates casting votes (2 shots)
GV TILT UP FROM Congress floor TO public watching from balconies
Background: In Bolivia, the exiled left-wing leader, Hernan Siles Zuazo, has been elected as the first constitutional president since the armed forces seized power in a coup two years ago. The former revolutionary was voted into a four-year term by an overwhelming majority of the Congress. He was forced into exile in 1980, but the armed forces have surrendered power in the face of the worst economic crisis in Bolivia's history. The Congress was re-convened after the country was paralysed by a general strike. Senor Zuazo returns to the country with a broad mandate of popular support, but he faces severe economic problems, political divisions within his own party, and the continued threat of renewed military intervention. The first meeting of the Congress was watched by hundreds of citizens, and the newly-elected president was due to arrive in La Paz from Peru on October 8. The Union of State-employed Miners, who produce most of Bolivia's vital tin exports, have ordered an end to their crippling three-week-old strike in an effort to help the newly-elected president.