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Charts the foremost occasions and noteworthy dates within the political histories of the nations of the region.* Alphabetically indexed person nation chapters* Chronologically lists the key occasions of every state* Covers the industrial, social and cultural advancements that experience affected the political historical past of every kingdom

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May 1996: A National Plan for Human Rights was introduced, containing increased rights to protection for workers. September 1996: Three right-wing parties merged to create the Partido Progressista Brasileiro (PPB). January 1997: The Chamber of Deputies approved legislation to allow an incumbent President, Governor or Mayor to be re-elected. July 1997: A report of an investigation by the Senate into a financial scandal involving fraudulent bond issues implicated 20 prominent politicians and senior officials, in addition to 161 financial institutions.

30 June 1984: Members of the armed forces, led by Col Rolando Saravia Ortuño, abducted President Siles Zuazo, but eventually surrendered. 14 July 1985: At a presidential election held one year earlier than scheduled, Bánzer obtained the greatest share of the votes cast, with Paz Estenssoro in second place. Paz Estenssoro was successful in the vote in Congress between the two most popular candidates to decide the presidency. 22 January 1986: The President effected a major cabinet reshuffle intended to consolidate the Government’s economic reforms.

Emílio Garrastazú Médici was elected President. 1970s: Opposition to military rule intensified. January 1974: Gen. Ernesto Geisel was elected President. November 1974: Legislative elections were held; the electoral system made a government majority inevitable. October 1978: Gen. João Baptista da Oliveira Figueiredo was elected President. In congressional elections the following month, the MDB made substantial gains. A political chronology of the Americas 36 1979: Legislation to end the government-controlled two-party system was approved.

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