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    The Portuguese President, General Antonio Ramalho Eanas and Prime Minister Dr Mario Soares both warned of hard and difficult times ahead for the nation when the new Socialist-led government took office on Monday (30 January).

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    The Portuguese President, General Antonio Ramalho Eanas and Prime Minister Dr Mario Soares both warned of hard and difficult times ahead for the nation when the new Socialist-led government took office on Monday (30 January).

    SYNOPSIS: This is Portugal's second government since the 1976 elections and includes for the first time under Socialist leadership, three conservative ministers.

    The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Ajuda Palace in Lisbon and both Conservative and Socialist members of the new cabinet announced last week watched Dr Soares take the oath of office. President Eanes said afterwards that the inter-party agreement was a democratic response to the nation's problems and more satisfactory than seeking a government of national salvation.

    Among the three Conservative Centre Democrats in the new cabinet is Dr Victor Sa Machado who takes on the job of Foreign Minister.

    The new government replaces Dr Soares' minority administration defeated in Parliament in December over economic proposals.

    Dr Soares rejected criticism from left and right of his deal with the conservatives. He said most Portuguese saw it as a durable solution with good chances of tackling national problems. He said the two parties shared the objectives of beating the economic crisis, maintaining democracy and European integration. Negotiations with the International Monetary Fund for vital loans would be rapidly resumed, he said, but warned that Portugal would have to practice a policy of authentic austerity.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA23N5V8CBS9BPG9UH2XOBWFDFG
    Media URN:
    VLVA23N5V8CBS9BPG9UH2XOBWFDFG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/01/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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