The Conciliator

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:
The Conciliator

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On March 11, 1990, Pinochet handed over the presidential badge to his successor, if not all the power that office was meant to signify. According to protocol, the departing president is supposed to be the first to greet the new president, but Pinochet arrived a few minutes late. A photograph taken in La Moneda shortly after the inauguration is suggestive of the conflicts ahead. In the photograph Pinochet wears the army's white dress uniform and stands less than two feet from President Aylwin. Though slightly shorter than the new civilian president, he looks the more confident: his posture erect, his hands folded neatly behind his back as he gazes directly at his successor. Two younger army officers standing behind Aylwin and Pinochet are also staring at the new civilian president; one is unsmiling, while the other seems to be smirking. Pinochet may have surrendered the Chilean presidency, but he would continue as army commander and do everything possible to keep his authoritarian system in place.

Keywords: Augusto Pinochet; Chile; Alywind; president

Chapter.  6835 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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