Soon after his election, in 1972, President Juan María Bordaberry suspended the constitution and began ceding power to the armed forces. In June 1973, the military consolidated its control over the nation through a coup in which Bordaberry willfully participated, becoming a puppet of the military until he was fully ousted in 1976. The authoritarian regime would remain in power until 1985. During the tumultuous mid-1970s, Padín was receiving and sending mail only through third parties rather than through the post. Clemente Padín, email correspondence with author, March 31, 2019.