Portugal's Socialist-led government has remained in power despite the resignation of three Conservative ministers. A?
Portugal's Socialist-led government has remained in power despite the resignation of three Conservative ministers. A Socialist Party spokesman said on Tuesday (25 July) the government would not resign; it was up to the country's President Antonio ??? Eanes to resolve the problem. the spokesman did not elaborate, but Reuters News Agency reported that President Eanes was expected to mediate between Prime Minister Mario Soares and members of the Conservative Centre Democrats (CDS) to avert a possible rift between the moderate Left and Right.
SYNOPSIS: The crisis developed on Monday (24 July) when the CDS withdrew their three ministers. This move followed a dispute between the two parties over Socialist Minister of Agriculture Luis Saias.
THE CDS had called on Prime Minister soares to dismiss Senhor Saias in a Cabinet reshuffle. The clash had come when Senhor soares declared he would resign if the conservatives broke their six-month-old pact to support his party. The conservatives sad they would not bow to an ultimatum, and withdrew their ministers. The row is mainly over Conservative charges that ??? Saias too soft with the Communists. They have also criticised socialist plans to introduce a free National Health Service. Vice-President of the Conservative Party, Dr. Adelino Amaro Da Costa, expressed a hope that talks between the two parties would be resumed once tempers had cooled. The CDS has five Secretaries of State in the government.
Prime Minister Soares called a special meeting of socialist Party members to decide on a course of action. At this meeting, members declared the government should stand firm and seek the intervention of President Eanes.