Chapter

Transferring Power

Mary Helen Spooner

in The General's Slow Retreat

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520256132
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948761 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520256132.003.0002
Transferring Power

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Around midnight on October 5, 1988, the commanders of Chile's air force, navy, and national police entered La Moneda. They had received a summons from General Pinochet, who had just lost a one-man presidential plebiscite, in which Chileans were asked to approve an eight-year extension of his regime. But there had been no official announcement, and the partial returns broadcast on Chile's controlled television channels suggested that Pinochet was winning. The three military commanders did not believe these reports. Many Chileans had gone to bed that night thinking that Pinochet would be declared the winner of the plebiscite, regardless of the vote count. This chapter details the slow process of ending one of Latin America's longest dictatorships, with Pinochet fighting a fierce rearguard action every step of the way.

Keywords: Augusto Pinochet; Chile; plebiscite; dictatorships

Chapter.  7768 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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