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.
GV: congress hall with delegates seated at main table.
SV LV: former Agriculture Minister Lopez ??? speaks as crowd listens. (6 shots)
SV: Socialist leaders applaud including Premier Mario Soares.
SV: audience voting on statutes.
GV: Socialist officials on rostrum voting.
SV: Cordosa in audience voting.
The outstanding articles are expected to be passed by the Committee because its 151 members overwhelming supported Dr Soares' leadership last November. He was re-elected against a rival list presented by the Marxist rebels. The election crushed the rebellion led by Parliamentary deputy Aires Rodrigues and Carmelinda Pereira who were expelled from the party, along with two Socialist militants, for constantly attacking the Socialist minority government.
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Background: 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.