• Short Summary

    President Francisco Da Costa Gomes of Portugal swore into office two new Army Commanders on Saturday (6 December), in ceremonies which emphasised the Portuguese Armed Forces' swing away from revolutionary politics back to more orthodox military discipline.

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    President Francisco Da Costa Gomes of Portugal swore into office two new Army Commanders on Saturday (6 December), in ceremonies which emphasised the Portuguese Armed Forces' swing away from revolutionary politics back to more orthodox military discipline.

    The first of the two commanders was General Ramalho Eanes, the new Chief of Staff of the Army. He swore to restore discipline, cohesion and efficiency amongst all forces under his command. He said the Army would become a non-partisan force serving a democratic and socialist revolution.

    General Eanes, a lean professional soldier who always wears dark glasses in public, owes his new post to the fact that he commanded the loyal military forces which smashed last month's abortive radical left-wing uprising against the Government.

    Also sworn in on the same day was the moderate left-wing Brigadier, Vasco Lourenco, who took over the command of the Lisbon Military region from the radical General Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho. General Eanes told Brigadier Lourenco that the Lisbon Military region "would no longer see men and arms involved in the service of private resolutions". He said such revolutions were unacceptable to the nation as a whole.

    Meanwhile, in the northern city of Aveiro, the Centre Popular Democrat Party (PPD) began an extraordinary congress to decide whether to stay in the coalition government. The hardline policy of its leader -- Francisco Da Carneiro -- that all Communists should be expelled from the Government, was not however, adopted.

    Instead the party issued a statement on Sunday (7 December) which said that they could no longer cooperate with the Communists in the Government, but qualified this by adding that they would only do so if the interests of the nation and democracy demanded it.

    SYNOPSIS: The President of Portugal, Francisco Da Costa Gomes, presided over the swearing in of General Ramalho Eanes as the new Chief of Staff for the Army on Saturday. He was promoted to his new post after he commanded the loyal forces that smashed last month's left-wing rebellion.

    During the ceremony the General swore to restore discipline, cohesion and efficiency among all forces under his command, and promised that the Army would become a non-partisan force serving a democratic and socialist revolution.

    On the same day the man who had taken over command of the Lisbon Military region from the radical General de Carvalho, Brigadier Vasco Lourenco, was also sworn in. He was congratulated by General Eanes and other fellow officers. Both ceremonies took place in Lisbon.

    Elsewhere in the city, the left-wing UPD party was meeting in a sports stadium. It was the first left-wing rally in Lisbon since the partial state of martial law was lifted last week.

    In the northern town of Aveiro, the Centre Popular Democrat Party was meeting to decide its attitude to Communists in the Government. A statement afterwards said they would cease cooperating with the Communists.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA15PR9WR0DEASI8M3QRD4RJ1R1
    Media URN:
    VLVA15PR9WR0DEASI8M3QRD4RJ1R1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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