Portuguese President Antonio De Spinola on Thursday (July 18) formally installed a new Portuguese Government that is dominated by junior officers determined to establish democracy.
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Background: Portuguese President Antonio De Spinola on Thursday (July 18) formally installed a new Portuguese Government that is dominated by junior officers determined to establish democracy.
The 17-man Cabinet contains a total of seven colonels. majors and captains.
Heading the Government is Prime Minister Colonel Vasco Dos Santos Goncalves, who has promised "to consolidate democracy in Portugal and its development in such a way that on the date of general elections the people will be able to express themselves freely".
The appointment of the new Government ends a week of political uncertainty caused by the resignation on July 10 of centrist Prime Minister Dr. Adelino Da Palma Carlos, when the Supreme Council of State, dominated by members of the Armed Forces Movement, denied him greater powers to govern.
The Armed Forces Movement is believed to have felt that the previous administration was not likely to lead Portugal towards the goals of the April 15 coup - which included free general elections by march next year.
Soldiers take over the key Ministries of Interior, Labour and Information. Two prominent members of the Armed Forces Movement Major Vitor Alves and Major Ernesto Melo Antunes become Ministers without Portfolio.
Apart from military men, the new Government retains the same mixture of Socialists, Communists and Centrists which characterised the previous administration.
Communist Party leader Alvaro Cunhal remains a Minister without Portfolio and Socialist leader Mario Soares stays as Minister of Foreign Affairs.