Portuguese President, Antonio Ramalho Eanes, joined his armed forces in the central Portuguese town of Tomar on November 25, to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the counter-coup staged by the military in 1975.
SV PULL BACK TO GV President Antonio Ramalho Eanes greeted by Portuguese generals at military headquarters at Tomar.
SV Soldiers present arms.
GV PAN Military chiefs on podium.
SV & GV President Eanes inspecting troops. (2 SHOTS)
SV PULL BACK TO GV Defence Minister Diogo Freitas Do Amaral and Chief of Staff of Armed Forces General Nuno Melo Egidio.
CU General Egidio speaking (Portuguese SOT)
GV March past by flag bearers.
SV PULL BACK TO GV President Eanes flanked by Prime Minister Francisco Pinto Baleemao watching march past. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Portuguese President, Antonio Ramalho Eanes, joined his armed forces in the central Portuguese town of Tomar on November 25, to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the counter-coup staged by the military in 1975. The counter-coup, against pro-communists, paved the way for Portugal's parliamentary democracy. It also paved the way for the coming to power of President Eanes. He was among the guests who inspected a guard of honour at Tomar and watched a military parade. Defence Minister, Diogo Freitas Do Amaral, and Chief of Staff of Armed Forces, General Nuno Melo Egidio, also attended the ceremony. General Egidio addressed the guests and military despite the pouring rain. He said the Portuguese armed forces accepted a natural subordination to civilian power but he urged political leaders to be careful not to provoke the military. This was the first time the anniversary had been celebrated since the revision of the Revolutionary Constitution last year - a constitution which ended the military's right to a political voice. A new defence law, vetoed by the President because it would introduce major changes in the military, has been approved by Parliament. Formerly the military, virtually an independent state within a state, had the final say in the country's government.