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A Ibid. 1 THE CONSTITUTION 49 of Vial. " 1 Since Rengifo's brother Manuel, the Minister of Treasury, was married to a first cousin of President Prieto, who was also the daughter of Agustin de Vial Santelices and brother of Manuel Camllo Vial, one might say that he himself was indirectly related to the President, as well as to the Vials. The remaining member of the group singled out by Garcia was Manuel Jose Gandarillas. The early relationship between Gandarillas and Portales has already been noted.
Many writers have found in his ideas and actions a desire to return to the colonial way of life without the royalty. This is hardly so. For one thing, his political liberalism would have been incompatible with the colonial system, and the policy of mercantilism, at least in the degree to which it was enforced, with its emphasis on strict government regulation of all aspects of the economy, would have been most antagonistic. Most writers have concluded that Diego Portales thoroughly controlled the Chilean press during his two ministries.
Provisional President Jose Tomas Ovalle sent his resignation to the Congress of Plenipotentiaries on 5 March I83I and died on 2I March. The Congress then elected Joaquin Prieto President and Fernando Errazuriz Vice-President. General Prieto chose to stay in Concepci6n where much remained to be done in establishing the peace and rehabilitation of the wardevastated region. Consequently, Errazuriz governed Chile for about six months, until regular elections were held. As a result of these elections Prieto became President and Portales VicePresident.
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