The Chilean military regime, which overthrew the democratically-elected Marxist President Salvador Allende in September last year, marked its first six months in office on Monday (11 March) with a pledge to eradicate poverty and to establish a disciplined social order.
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Background: The Chilean military regime, which overthrew the democratically-elected Marxist President Salvador Allende in September last year, marked its first six months in office on Monday (11 March) with a pledge to eradicate poverty and to establish a disciplined social order.
The military rulers said their mission was to form a "renovated society" and until this wasachieved, it was necessary to "regulate" party political activity.
Currently the parties forming the late President Allende's government coalition -- primarily the Socialist and Communist parties -- are banned outright. All other parties have been declared "recessed".
Chile's legally elected Marxist President and his government were overthrown on 11 September 1973, by the combined armed forces. President Allende died in the coup during fighting around the Presidential Palace, but considerable uncertainty still surrounds his death.
After the coup, thousands of Allende supporters were allegedly killed by armed troops but this has been denied by the Junta.
The country's new rulers justified the coup on the grounds that President Allende's socialist economic policies had thrown to nation into economic ruin. They also alleged there were leftwing plots to seize complete control of the country.
SYNOPSIS: The military Junta which overthrew the late President Allende in September last year, marked its first six months in office on Monday. The Junta leaders promised to eradicate poverty and establish a disciplined social order. At a special celebration in Santiago to celebrate the coup, the military leader, General Augusto Pinochet, said the Junta would need at least five years in power to achieve its aims.
General Pinochet claimed a majority of Chileans supported his government. He said there were no plans to allow party political activity in the near future.
Chile's legally elected Marxist President was overthrown by the Chilean armed forces on September the eleventh last year. President Allende, who had always insisted on the principles of parliamentary democracy, died in the heavy fighting around the President Palace. But the exact cause of his death is still uncertain. The military claimed to have overthrown the President because of the alleged economic chaos his policies had caused.