LATIN AMERICA BRIEF - CHILE: PINOCHET APPROVES POLITICAL PARTIES LAW

Created: 1/28/1987

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HILIi PINOCHET APPROVES POLITICAL PARTIES LAW

CHILEAN PRESIDENT PINOCHET'S APPROVAL THIS MONTHESTRICTIVE POLITICAL PARTIES LAW IS DESIGNED IOTH TO CREATE THE IMPRESSIONIBERALIZATION AND TO UNOERMIHE THE MODERATE -OPPOSITION. TNE LAW--TO BE ENACTED ONARCH-BANS RADICAL LtfTIST PARTIES ANO GRANTS THE GOVERNMENT CONTROL OVER PART* FINANCES AND INTERNAL ORGANIZATION. IT ALLOWS THE PARTIES LINITCO ACCESS TO THE MEOIA AND REPRESENTATION OH ELECTORAL BOARDS. MAST CONSERVATIVE AMD MODERATE PARTIES HAVE CRITICIZED TNI LAW. BUT THEY ARE OIVIDEO OVEF .WHETHER TO ACCEPT IT TO OBTAIN LEGAL STATUS.

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COMMENT! IF THI MODERATE PARTIES REJECT THE LIClSlATION. PINOCHET WILL DEPICT THEN AS BARRIERS TO POLITICAL NORMALCY, If ACCEPT IT, HE PROBABLY HOPES THlY WILL BE SPLIT BY COMPLEX REGlSTRATI ON PROCEDURES ANO COMPETITION ANO WILL BE DISTRACTED IROM tY-AifftEE ELECTION IARLY THIS

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QPPCS'TION IS SENSITIVERASSROOTS PBESSoRE TO RESUME LEGAL POLITICAL ACTIVITY ANO MAY BEG IN ORGANIZING, WHILE DEVISING WAYS TO CIRCUMVENT THE LAW'S RESTRICTIONS. THE PARTIES NAVE ALREAOY DISCUSSED COUNTERING THE REGIME'S EE'ORTS TO CIVIDEYEMPORARY. MASS-BASED. FREE-ELECTICNS PARTY DESIGNED TO SHOW 'HE MILITARY THAT THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE TO PINOCHET

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