Chilean President Augusto Pinochet's Cabinet resigned Thursday, the government announced. Opponents hoped the move would clear the way for talks on democratic reforms. Orlando Poblete, the government secretary-general with ministerial ranking, said he and the 15 other Cabinet members handed in their resignations to give maneuvering room to Pinochet, loser of an Oct. 5 referendum. The resignations allow the 72-year-old leader "to select his people and take the steps he considers proper in this post-plebiscite stage" of government, Poblete said. Poblete made the announcement to reporters at the government palace immediately after a brief meeting of the full Cabinet.