WESTERN HEMISPHERE -- BOLIVIAN JUNTA LEADER PREPARES TO BE ELECTED PRESIDENT

Created: 1/15/1965

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BOLIVIAN JUNTA LEADER PREPARES TO BE ELECTED PRESIDENT

Junta President Rene Barrientos, during one of his weekly trips co thedeclared that he would "consent" toompromise presidential candidate in the elections scheduled foray.

Meanwhile, earlierthat Barrientos would seek political support fron centrist groups, as well as his ownChristian Movement (MPC) which was launchedanuary, are being borne out. He claims' to have tbe support of Hernan Slles' reorganized NationalMovement. He also seems to be interested in recruiting the AuthenticParty, headed by Walter Guevara Arze.

Extremistrightist Bolivian Socialist Falange (FSB) aod Juan Lechin's National Leftist Revolutionary Partywill be excluded froa the Barrientos bandwagon. Caapalgn tactics, however, include efforts to undercut these parties and to draw off some of tbeir inaneuver last

week, Barrientosheatedly attacked pro-Communist labor leader Lechinress conference but refrained from crlticizine the PRIN.

become one :op_campaign managers

Barrientos continues tothat he can trust orumber of persons withbackgrounds. Antonio Ar-guedas

General Barrientos appears to be growing aore self-assured and seeas confident that he can compete successfully with the professional politicians. he is working well with the commander of the armed forces. General Ovaodo,

Jan 65

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