Maria Isabel Allende, 43, daughter of Salvador Allende, the socialist president who died in a 1973 coup, returned to her homeland just hours after the man who toppled her father said those in forced exile would be allowed to return.

Chilean ruler Gen. Augusto Pinochet lifted the adminstrative decrees of exile Thursday less than 24 hours after promising to respect democratic institutions if Chileans give him eight more years as president in an Oct. 5 plebiscite in which he is the only candidate.The government said others exiled through courts also could return, bringing the total of those affected to 430.

Human rights groups welcomed the move and urged Pinochet to release political prisoners.