Portugal's right-wing parties have renewed their call for October elections following the resignation of Prime Minister, Carlos Mota Pinto's six-month-old, non-party government last Wednesday (6 June).
SV Socialist party leader Mario Soares talking to press.
CU Soares continues speech in French.
SV Social Democratic leader Francisco Sa Carneiro out of car and into Presidential Palace.
CU Sa Carneiro speaking to newsmen in Portuguese.
After his meeting with the President, Dr. Soares indicated that President Earnes would have a second round of consultations this week (11-16 June). Observers speculated on a possible majority line-up between the Socialists and the 37 dissident Social Democrats who broke with the party leadership over Dr. Sa Carneiro's parliamentary tactics.
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Background: Portugal's right-wing parties have renewed their call for October elections following the resignation of Prime Minister, Carlos Mota Pinto's six-month-old, non-party government last Wednesday (6 June). President General Antonio Ramalho Eanes, accepted the government's resignation but hasn't decided whether to dissolve Parliament and call early elections. He's asked Dr. Pinto to carry on as caretaker. Prime Minister and has started consultations with political parties to find a solution to the crisis. The hesitancy about holding elections now is that Portugal's constitution demands that the country have national elections next year.
Synopsis: Socialist Party leader Dr. Mario Soares was the first to see President Earnes on Friday (8 June). His party tabled one of the two censure motions which caused the government to resign.
After the meeting with the President, Dr. Soares told newsmen that the dilemma was whether or not to hold interim elections.
The Socialists, Portugal's largest parliamentary party opposed interim elections as a costly last resort. With three major elections possible in a year, Portugal would almost certainly have to give up its present negotiations with the International Monetary Fund. Portugal wants a further fifty-million dollar stand-by loan from the IMF, opening the way to much larger long-term credits in the international market.
...The agreement was to have been signed after Portugal's budget was approved. Now the outgoing Finance Minister Manuel Jacinto Nunes say he doesn't think the IMF would accept the signature of a caretaker minister.
Social Democrat leader Francisco Sa Carneiro was the second politician to see President Eanes. His party also tabled a censure motion against the government but favours an early election. The two separate motions dealt with the government's budget proposals which were originally rejected almost three months ago (22 March). The budget has now been approved, though greatly changed from its original form.