• Short Summary

    A lively election Portugal ended with arrests of Opposition personalities, a record poll -- and an overwhelming success for Rear-Admiral Americo Tomas, the Government candidate, who will be President for the next seven years.

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    A lively election Portugal ended with arrests of Opposition personalities, a record poll -- and an overwhelming success for Rear-Admiral Americo Tomas, the Government candidate, who will be President for the next seven years. A few hours before the announcement of Admiral Tomas's success, it was stated that Prof. Viera de Alsaida, campaign leader for Opposition candidate Gen. Hurberto Delgado, had been arrested. He was charged with having "enacted to rebellion". Later it was learned that his two sons had been arrested after an argument with police.

    Early reports gave Admiral Tomas were then two-thirds of the record number of votes cast. At some Lisbea voting stations, there had been queues more than 100 yards long. The election had been contested on the Opposition's demand for "the restoration of fundamental democratic liberties."
    Gen. Delgado was the first Opposition candidates for 30 years to survive the whole of an election for the presidency. Previously, Opposition candidates have been withdrawn at the last minute. The general had alleged that, during the campaign, essential supporters had been arrested on 90,000 voting slips raised by the police.

    After the results were known, Admiral Tomas was congratulated at his office in the Ministry of Navy and held a Press conference.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1ORBTP2RK2XCC6O93EUEE5L90
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ORBTP2RK2XCC6O93EUEE5L90
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/06/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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