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    In Portugal, the new Prime Minister Sr. Nobre da Costa has presented his government's programme?

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    In Portugal, the new Prime Minister Sr. Nobre da Costa has presented his government's programme to Parliament. The deputies greeted it with a silence. The 400-page programme was introduced in a restrained, hour-long speech by Sr. da Costa, who was appointed Prime Minister after the former socialist-led government lost its majority.

    SYNOPSIS: The new non-party government headed by technocrat Sr. Nobre da Costa is Portugal's ninth since the 1974 revolution. Sr. da Costa and his government have not been warmly received by Portugal's main political parties. The former Prime Minister Dr. Mario Soares says the government serves neither the country nor democracy. As Sr. da Costa prepared to deliver his programme, he was also subject to criticism from the Conservative Centre Democrats and the Communists.

    Some say the Prime Minister has an understanding with the left, while others say he has links with reactionaries. Only the centre-right Social Democrats said the new government is constitutional, but they have reservations about the cabinet appointments.

    Sr. da Costa was appointed by President Antonio Ramalho Eanes after a conservative walk-out from the Socialist-led government. That administration's economic commitments are the main point of reference for the new government's programme, which avoids controversial new projects. The main points include economic stabilisation, a firm wages and prices policy, reduced inflation and swift compensation for nationalised companies.

    Sr. da Costa said he will not be just a caretaker, unless his programme is rejected.

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