Radomiro Tomic

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Salvador Allende, left, of the Marxist left-wing coalition is congratulated for his victory in the Chilean presidential election by Christian Democrat candidate Radomiro Tomic at Allende's home.

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From card catalog: Radomiro Tomic, Chilean Ambassador to US discusses the story of the Christian Democratic Party in Chile which has just won a majority. Discusses power base of party and problems the new government must face. Talks of his role in formation of the party. Questions and answers.

Tomic gives background of the Christian Democratic Movement that is in power in Chile and other Latin American countries. Main elements of this political movement: acceptance of certain Christian values in temporal matters (philosophical values regarding the state, etc.); faith in democracy to attack the problems of the country; and the commitment to the people. Specific dates of the establishment of the party. The problems of the underdeveloped nations: economic growth, social problems - popular promotion. They will double the production of copper, bring up production of steel, double exports of paper. Economic integration of Chile.

Questions: Will doubling copper production have an affect on the price of copper in the long term? No, because demand will also increase. Communist Cuba? A line to Easter Island? The Dominican situation? Is the Chilean development spreading? A speech he gave in Germany was misquoted, perhaps because of the translation. Clarifies stance re: democracy and communism. Conflict between Chile and Bolivia. Chile's relationship to the African states.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

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