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January 29, 1975
Approved for Release: 2016/09/30 C06620025 (b)(3) Augusto PINOCHET Ugarte (Phonetic: peenohCHAY) President; Commander in Chief of the Army Addressed as: Mr. President Commander in Chief of the Army since August 1973, Maj. Gen. Augusto Pinochet, 59, became President after he led the September 1973 coup against President (1970- 73) Salvador Allende. An intelligent, ambitious and professionally competent infantry officer and military geographer, Pinochet is totally dedicated to the reconstruction of Chile and the removal of all vestiges of Marxism. A man known for his toughness, he has stated that he will tolerate no opposition to the government. In an effort to encourage a flow of foreign credits to Chile, Pinochet has begun to moderate his tough stand on human rights. Despite his position on human rights, he has a genuine con- cern for people, and his frequent public appear- ances have at times given him the semblance of a grassroots politician. Pinochet admires the United States but has been disappointed with the level of US assistance, claiming "we have been better allies to you than you have to us." Outwardly tough, rigid and disciplined, Pino- chet is at times indecisive. Quiet, mild-mannered and businesslike, he is dedicated and hard-working; he nevertheless enjoys parties. He likes Scotch and pisco sours. He is interested in sports and likes to discuss world military problems. He has written at least three books on geography, one of which has been used as a high school text. Married to the former Lucia Hiriart Rodriguez, the Presi- dent has five children and six grandchildren. He speaks some French and only a little English. CHILE 29 January 1975 (b)(3) Approved for Release: 2016/09/30 C06620025