Leaders of the two main political parties in Uruguay are actively campaigning for the November 28 internal elections in which voters will elect party candidates for the presidential in 1984.
GV City centre, banks, and people in street (4 shots)
GVs Cinemas and shop windows (6 shots)
SVs Petrol stations (3 shots)
GV Congress building
GV/SV Headquarters of the Blanco or Nacional Party (3 shots)
GV/SV INTERIOR Crowds listening to and applauding candidate Victor Barrios (4 shots)
GV Headquarters of the Colorado Party (3 shots)
SV Candidate Jorge Pacheco Areco (ex-President) speaking as crowd cheers (3 shots)
GVs/SVs Shanty town with children and animals wandering about (3 shots)
GVs/SVs Wealthy residential district on city's outskirts (3 shots)
GV Farm with cattle, sheep and farmer tending herd (3 shots)
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Background: Leaders of the two main political parties in Uruguay are actively campaigning for the November 28 internal elections in which voters will elect party candidates for the presidential in 1984. Severe economic problems have prompted the military government of President Gregorio Alvarez Armellino to return executive power to an elected Congress, dissolved when the army took over in 1973. In a gesture of goodwill, the government has lifted a ban on hundreds of people prohibited from voting, or engaging in any sort of political activity. But thousands remain proscribed, notably all members of the leftist broad front movement, considered the third political force in the country. The electorate will have to choose between various factions within the two main Blanco (nationalist ) and Colorado (Conservative) parties. Blanco candidate Victor Barrios, and Jorge Pacheco Areco, Colorado candidate and former President, seen here addressing supporters at their respective party headquarters in Montevideo, have a daunting task ahead if they succeed. In a country where extreme poverty is in dire contrast to lavish wealth, the military government has long deemed it necessary to resort to repression of political freedom. In 1981, the Red Cross reported about 1,100 political prisoners were still being held.