A new Portuguese Government, shorn of two supporters of General Antonio De Spinola -- who resigned as President on Monday (29 September) -- took office in a brief ceremony at the Sao Bento Palace in Lisbon on Tuesday (1 October) night.
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GV PAN Demonstrators chanting outside Parliament House and waving left-wing banners and flags (5 shots) (30 SEPT.)
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Background: A new Portuguese Government, shorn of two supporters of General Antonio De Spinola -- who resigned as President on Monday (29 September) -- took office in a brief ceremony at the Sao Bento Palace in Lisbon on Tuesday (1 October) night.
The Government, headed as before by the left-wing Brigadier Vasco Goncalves, was otherwise unchanged from the broad coalition which had been in office last July.
Ousted was Major Jose Sanches Osorio, the Information Minister who precipitated the crisis which led to General Spinola's resignation by ordering the closure of newspapers and all broadcasting stations, except the state radio.
Also out was Lieutenant-Colonel Mario Firmino Miguel, who asked to be relieved of his post as Defence Minister because of his close personal ties with General Spinola.
The new President is General Francisco Da Costa Gomes. he has settled into office to the acclaim of Portugal's predominantly left-wing press. Indeed, the left-wing jubilation spilled over into the streets of the capital on Monday night as thousands of chanting demonstrators -- waving banners and flags -- flocked into the capital's streets to celebrate the downfall of the conservative ex-President.
Sixty-year-old General immediately appealed for unity, order and hard work as essential to preserving freedom and democracy.
The downfall of 64-year-old General Spinola -- swept into power after last April's armed-forces' coup that ended almost 50 years of totalitarian rule -- has been seen by Portugal's left-wingers as a major victory over conservative forces.