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.
S.C.U. Americo Tomas with small child possibly his grand-daughter.
S.C.U. Mrs. Americo Tomas.
S.V. Mr. Tomas and child.
S.C.U. Mrs. Tomas.
S.V. The three of them together.
S.C.U. Mr. Tomas and child.
S.V. Family group, left to right- Mr. Tomas, daughter-grand-daughter, another daughter and son-in-law.
S.V. Admiral Tomas being congratulated.
S.V. V.I.P's watching.
S.V. Admiral Tomas at his Press Conference.
S.V. Admiral Tomas at his desk.
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Background: 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 Previously, Opposition candidates have been withdrawn at the last minute.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.