Portugal's right-wing Democratic Alliance is expected to win Sunday's (2 December) general election. Even its?
GV INTERIOR Large crowd applauding at extreme left-wing rally in Lisbon's sports pavilion
SV Crowd clapping ZOOM INTO Major Mario tome UDP Party Candidate (with moustache)
SV ZOOM INTO Major Tome speaking in Portuguese (2 shots) ZOOM OUT TO Crowd giving standing ovations
GV Crowd at Socialist rally in Lisbon, waving flags and chanting
SV Socialist leader Dr Mario Soares out of car and waving to crowd
SV Soares surrounded by supporters as he walks through streets (2 shots)
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Background: Portugal's right-wing Democratic Alliance is expected to win Sunday's (2 December) general election. Even its Socialist and Communist rivals are going along with the prediction. Some observers feel the outcome of the election will reflect a feeling that Portugal has had enough Socialism and what's been sen as left-wing agitation in recent years. But the Popular Democratic Party (UDP) which has one member in the assembly has campaigned for an even more radical Portugal. One that would carry through the mandate of the 1974 revolution while the Socialists promise an end to inflation and more jobs if given a parliamentary majority.
SYNOPSIS: A crowd estimated at three thousand turned out at Lisbon's Central Sports Pavilion to attend the Popular Democratic Party (UDP) Rally. The party is considered to be at the political spectrum. Its main Lisbon candidate, Major Mario Tome addressed the gathering.
Major Tome is now on leave from the military. He was Deputy Commander of the Military police, regarded as one of the most radically left-wing units during the post-1974 revolutionary period.
Major Tome called for the suspension of financial agreements with the International Monetary Fund and the cutting of all ties with the European Common Market. He also suggested severing all ties with Nato. On the domestic front he demanded a freeze on food prices and rents. And he denounced the legislation which authorised payments to people whose property was nationalised during the revolution.
The Socialists stepped up their campaign as polling day approached and staged a rally in Lisbon. Though they have conceded the right-wing Democratic Alliance will win they also think, like the Communists that the Alliance will not get sufficient votes to command a majority in the next parliament. Party leader Mario Soares took to the streets to campaign on Friday (30 November).
Mr Soares promised voters that the Socialists would improve the standard of living and halt the spiralling cost of living. He also promised an increase in jobs. There in some concern that Portugal's seven million voters, numbed by four elections since the 1974 revolution may not bother to vote this time.