Portugal's ruling triumvirate suspended nine moderate officers on Saturday (9 August) from the Military Revolutionary Council after they published a manifesto condemning the new radical government.
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Background: Portugal's ruling triumvirate suspended nine moderate officers on Saturday (9 August) from the Military Revolutionary Council after they published a manifesto condemning the new radical government.
The action came only one day after the new government, the fifth provisional government since the Portuguese revolution just over a year ago, was sworn into office.
The new government still includes the three top men -- President Costa Gomes, Prime Minister Vasco Goncalves and General Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho.
Among the new faces in the cabinet is Dr. Mario Ruivo who steps in as Foreign Minister. He is a communist sympathiser who has spoken out in favour of current radical policies followed by the Government.
The composition of the new cabinet has been criticised by Socialist Party leader Mario Soares as "an ultra minority of Communists and crypto-Communists who could only survive through repression."
President Costa Gomes said at the swearing in ceremony that the new government was only a transitional one intended to give the country a breathing space until a more definite solution to the crisis could be found.
The crisis was precipitated when the Socialist and Popular Democratic Parties walked out of the Government. Those two parties picked up more than 60 per cent of the popular vote at the election last April.
In the absence of the two parties, the new government represents only 18 per cent of the votes cast.
As the government was being sworn in, more than 1,000 Portuguese who have just fled from Angola gathered outside the Constituent Assembly and shouted, "We are hungry. We want justice. We want work."
The flood of refugees returning from Angola to find their country faced with economic and political disruption is one more problem for the Portuguese Government.