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Chile to examine Allende's body to prove cause of death

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Chile has exhumed the remains of former President Salvador Allende to determine whether he committed suicide or was assassinated during the 1973 military coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power.

The autopsy has been ordered because of discrepancies in initial police and military reports on his death.

Allende’s two daughters were present as his casket was raised. “As a family we want to express, above all, our satisfaction with the advances in the judicial process to establish the truth about what happened on that tragic September 11, 1973,” said Isabel Allende.

The Pinochet regime says the Socialist leader took his own life as the presidential palace came under attack.

But some – although not Allende’s family – dispute that, saying he was gunned down by Pinochet’s men.