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  • Election Watch

ELECTION RESULTS (December 1989-March 1990)

Brazil: Right-of-center candidate Fernando Collor de Mello of the National Reconstruction Party defeated socialist Luis Inácio da Silva of the Brazilian Workers' Party in a December 17 run-off election for president. Collor, who becomes the first Brazilian president in 29 years to be elected by direct ballot, received 53 percent of the more than 66 million valid votes cast. Collor and da Silva were the leading vote-getters in a field of more than 20 candidates in the first-round presidential election held November 15.

Chile: After 16 years of military rule under General Augusto Pinochet, Chileans went to the polls on December 14 and elected as president Christian Democrat Patricio Aylwin, the candidate of the united opposition, with 55.2 percent of the vote. He was followed by Hermin Büchi, former Pinochet finance minister and candidate of the rightist coalition, with 29.4 percent, and by populist Francisco Emizuriz, with 15.4 percent. In legislative races, the opposition coalition won 72 of the 120 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and 22 of the 38 contested Senate seats (9 of the 47 seats in the Senate were not contested and are reserved for Pinochet appointees).

Colombia: Elections for Colombia's bicameral Congress were held on March 25. Results will be reported in our next issue.

Costa Rica: In elections held February 4, Rafael Angel Calderrn was elected president and his Social Christian Union Party (PUSC) won a majority in the unicameral Legislative Assembly. Calderón received 51.3 percent of the vote, defeating National Liberation Party (PLN) candidate [End Page 124] Carlos Manuel Castillo, who won 47.3 percent of the vote. The PUSC gained a 29 to 25 seat legislative majority, as the PLN lost control of the Assembly for the first time since 1953.

German Democratic Republic: East Germans went to the polls on March 18 in what were widely expected to be the first and last free elections in a separate East Germany. Results will be reported in our next issue.

Grenada: The National Democratic Congress (NDC) of Nicholas Braithwaite won 7 of the 15 seats in the House of Representatives in parliamentary elections held March 13. Braithwaite became prime minister when 1 of the 4 newly elected representatives of the Grenada United Labor Party defected to the NDC. The National Party and the New National Party each won 2 seats. The elections were called after the death of Prime Minister Herbert Blaize in December 1989.

Hungary: In the first free elections in Hungary since 1945, voters went to the polls on March 25 to select a new Parliament. Results of the election will be reported in our next issue.

Nicaragua: Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, the leader of Nicaragua's 14 party National Opposition Union (UNO), was elected president in national elections held February 25, defeating President Daniel Ortega Saavedra of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) by a margin of 55.2 percent to 40.8 percent, and bringing an end to ten years of Sandinista rule. UNO also won 54.8 percent of the vote for the National Assembly, giving it 52 seats in the 91-seat unicameral legislature. The FSLN won 38 seats in the Assembly with 40.7 percent of the vote. The voting was largely free of incident according to the hundreds of international observers present to monitor the elections.

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: From January to March, most of the constituent republics of the Soviet Union held elections for their Supreme Soviets (i.e., republic parliaments).

In the first multiparty elections to be held in the Soviet Union since 1918, the Lithuanian democratic movement Sajudis, which advocates independence for the Baltic republic, won 90 of the 118 contests that were decided in balloting on February 25 and in March 4 run-offs for Lithuania's 141-seat Supreme Soviet. Final results for Lithuania and results of March 18 elections in Latvia and Estonia will be reported in our next issue.

The elections for Supreme Soviets held January-March in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kirgizia differed little from previous elections in the Central Asian republics; they were...


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