CHILE: THINKING AHEAD

Created: 5/23/1975

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a constituen^ajsembly. butramatic move is not likely in the near term.

maneuvering likely as Pinochet's next several months.

Some of the President's Ideas have not been enthusiastically received in the armed forces. Negative reaction probably is strongest in the navy and air force, where there already is some discontent over Pinochet's expandingprerogatives. Navy officers have been especially distressed over what they believe hasar too passive performance by their junta representative. Admiral Merino. They will be suspicious of any changes that appear to have the potential for further reducing the navy's influence in the government. Considerable within and among the services is

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CHILE: THINKING AHEAD

President Pinochet is considering making some basic changes in (he military government, either before or in conjunction with the second annivumry of the military take-over inBI he is thinking of carrying the recentTrendtoward greater use of apolitical civilian expertise to its logicalail-civilian cabinet. The President apparently also is Interested in civilian participationevamped pseudo-legislative structure that presumably would fulfill the functions now performed by the all-military Advisoryto the Junta.!

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