Monitor: International Comment on the Results of Chile's Presidential Election Which Left the Socialist Ricardo Lagos in Power ; ALL THE NEWS OF THE WORLD
Lagos is Chile's first socialist president since the overthrow of Allende by General Pinochet. But Lagos is no Allende, and the political situation in Chile today is nothing like that of the early seventies. Lagos's triumph represents the normalisation of Chilean democracy. But it also marks the start of a new political epoch: Joaquin Lavin, the right-wing opponent, was narrowly defeated, but his immediate reaction of hailing his rival's victory augurs a different political style in Chile, which was divided before and since Pinochet's coup. Differences henceforth will not be over Pinochet, who is history, but over how to build the future. (Spain)
Pinochet's years of power and the conduct of his regime are still a divisive factor in Chile; for the relatives of the "disappeared" and those who were tortured, it will not be easy to forget or forgive. But the country seems to be moving towards an accommodation with its past - Lavin's gesture in going to his victorious rival's party yesterday to congratulate him was one indication. And although Lagos has vowed that he would not forget the past, he said he was looking towards the future. Mr Lagos takes over the presidency in March and one of the problems he will face is whether to try Pinochet, who gave himself immunity under law before retirement. In the 15 months Mr Pinochet has been under house arrest in Britain, the Chilean government has argued that he should be sent home to stand trial in Chile. But it is no secret that a public trial of Pinochet, if it comes to it, will prove highly divisive, pitting the "pro" and "anti" forces against one another. In any event, Pinochet supporters will fight tooth and nail any attempt to strip him of the immunity he enjoys as senator for …
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