In Portugal, the political crisis caused by Prime Minister Carlos Mota Pinto's resignation continues ...?
In Portugal, the political crisis caused by Prime Minister Carlos Mota Pinto's resignation continues ... and the Social Democrat Party (PSD) has again called for early general elections as the only solution.
SYNOPSIS: The Social Democrats renewed their call for an October election at the weekend (16 and 17 June) during their seventh party congress, held in a Lisbon cinema. They now hold only 36 seats in parliament after a major party split in which 37 other members became independents, led by economics professor Antonio Sousa Franco. The depleted PSD wants parliament dissolved and is backed by the Conservative Centre Democrats (CDS) who hold 41 seats.
The Congress re-elected Oporto lawyer Francisco Sa Carneiro as president by 577 votes from the 612 delegates. He was the only candidate.
While expressing confidence in their own party president, the party was critical of the national president, Antonio Ramalho Eanes, whom they chided for lack of leadership. But the congress left a decision on whether to support his candidature for the 1981 presidential elections to the party's national council.
Political commentators suggested General Eanes was waiting to see the outcome of Dr. Sa Carneiro's party congress before making his next move. One possibility reportedly under consideration is the formation of a new government under an independent Premier, with the majority support of the Socialists and Dr. Sousa Franco's Social Democrat dissidents -- leaving the PSD in opposition.