WESTERN HEMISPHERE -- TURMOIL OVER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDACY OF BOLIVIAN JUNTA CHI

Created: 2/12/1965

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TURMOIL OVER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDACY OF BOLIVIAN JUNTA CHIEF

The relationship between Barrlentos snd General Ovando reaalns cordial oo tbe surface. On tbe other band both sen are ambitious for the presidency, and their cooperation is baaed mainly on tbe reapect of eacb for the Other'a asaets, namely Barrlentos' popularity with tbe civilian population and Ovando's standing with the araed forceoespected commander.

Division within tbe armed forces over tbe two leaders does not exist aa yet, but tbere is little doubt that opinion groups have developed overissues. In geoeral, tbe debate la over tbe role of the armed forces lo tbo Life of the natloo. Ovando la believed to be alalngondition where tbe ailltary will be the floal arbiter In Bolivianarrientos government would

probably depend more uponin tbe decision-making process.

With regard to tbeparties, Barrlentos stillto seek ao alignment wits the Left-center forces. He baa broken with tbe rigbtlat Bolivian

Socialist Falanr

Rene Barrlentos Is deter-alned to stay on as president of the Bolivian Junta In spite of hla presidential candidacy lo tha national elections no* scheduled forepteaber. fears that should he resign from tbe junta, hlasuccessor, commander of the armed forces General Ovando, %ould annul the elections andilitary dictatorship.

Barrlentos' resignationrequestedabinetlast month, probably on the basisonstitutional that candidates for electloo resign froaays before thedate. It is likely that this legal issue masked tba feeling of certain officers that the ailltary should stay out of politics. Barrlentos refused to resign, nod his stand haa since beenegal aad public blessingressbye prominent lawyer.

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