RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In mid-1977, U.S. pressure to return to democracy in Bolivia forced Hugo Banzer and his allies to call elections. The pro-government candidate was Bolivian Air Force (FAB) General Juan Pereda Asbún, who won more votes than the number of voters.
In 1978, Banzer tried to resist the handover of the government, but he was finally forced, and Pereda assumed the presidency. The army was not satisfied with an aviator in the Palacio Quemado and succeeded in replacing him with General David Padilla, who announced elections for May 1979.
Hernán Siles Suazo . . .