The new Portuguese Government was installed on Thursday (16 May) amid growing fears that the country is on the brink of a massive political crisis.
The new Portuguese Government was installed on Thursday (16 May) amid growing fears that the country is on the brink of a massive political crisis. The unrest, especially among shipyard workers, will be the first test for the new Cabinet, which was announced late on Wednesday night by President Spinola.
The 14-member Cabinet, under Prime Minister Adelino da Palma Carlos, leans strongly to the Left. Socialists have been given key Cabinet posts, notably Dr. Mario Soares, who takes the Foreign Affairs portfolio. Two Communists have also been included. Senhor Avelino Goncalves is the new Minister for Labour, and he will have the immediate task of trying to avert the industrial crisis - and thus enhance the Communists' reputation.
A special minister was appointed to prepare a new policy toward Portugal's African territories - a question which is expected to receive direct personal attention from the President himself.
In a speech marking his inauguration, General Spinola also made it clear that his Government would adhere to international agreements made by its predecessor.