With Portugal's elections due to be held on the 25th of this month, campaigning by the dozen parties taking part has intensified.
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Background: With Portugal's elections due to be held on the 25th of this month, campaigning by the dozen parties taking part has intensified.
One of the main topics for discussion has been a plan by the ruling Military Revolutionary Council that many parties say would mean effective military rule in Portugal for the next three years. The Military Council was set up after the recent abortive right-wing coup.
It wants the President to be elected by the future Legislative Assembly and an assembly of the Armed Forces Movement, rather than by universal suffrage.
The plan also calls for the armed forces to nominate future ministers of economic planning, defence and the interior.
Seven parties have already rejected the plan and an eighth group has indicated it will do so.
Only the Communists and three parties allied with the armed forces have yet to comment on the plan.
The left-wing military leadership presented the plan to the parties last Wednesday. The military want a pact signed before the Portuguese people have a chance to vote for the first time since the overthrow of the dictatorship a year ago.