• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: A special congress of Portugal's ruling Socialist Party ended in Oporto on Sunday night (30 January), without completing its aim of drawing up a revision of party statutes.

  • Description

    INTRODUCTION: A special congress of Portugal's ruling Socialist Party ended in Oporto on Sunday night (30 January), without completing its aim of drawing up a revision of party statutes. This failure further revealed a split in the party between Prime Minister and party leader mario Soares and a rebel Marxist faction.

    SYNOPSIS: A rebellion by the Marxists had prevented the statutes from being drawn up at the main convention last November.

    On Sunday the left-wing attack was led by the former Agriculture Minister, Senhor Antonio Lopes Cardoso, who resigned last October. He said the draft was not valid because it was drawn up by a select committee and not presented to the rank-and-file for approval. He called for the reinstatement of four Left-wing Socialists expelled last week for continual attacks on government policy, but this was rejected.

    By the end of the one-day congress, only 37 of the 85 articles concerning party principles, rules of admission, discipline and committee regulations had been approved when the party executive ruled the meeting lacked a quorum.

    The outstanding articles, which include a controversial change forbidding party members from publicly criticising the leadership, now go to the National Committee for debate and approval.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2E31IKT2K1XLP8V6SV2UGAZ57
    Media URN:
    VLVA2E31IKT2K1XLP8V6SV2UGAZ57
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/02/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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