• Short Summary

    Considering the serious political, economical and social crisis our Country is going through;
    Considering the profound solidarity impulses and the natural wishes of participation shown both by the cultural and social tissues of the Nation, claiming for an urgent political reply capable of overcoming the trend to abstention and serving as a tool for those impulses and wishes;
    Considering the need to fight against the roots of that crisis, thus promoting the necessary unity for a democratic fight;
    Considering that the calling for legislative elections in a short time might not allow by itself the obtention of the best solutions for Portugal;
    Considering, finally, the affinities which unite most democrats as to the need of State reform, promotion of civil society and modernization of the Country;
    We propose:
    1.

  • Description

    Considering the serious political, economical and social crisis our Country is going through;
    Considering the profound solidarity impulses and the natural wishes of participation shown both by the cultural and social tissues of the Nation, claiming for an urgent political reply capable of overcoming the trend to abstention and serving as a tool for those impulses and wishes;
    Considering the need to fight against the roots of that crisis, thus promoting the necessary unity for a democratic fight;
    Considering that the calling for legislative elections in a short time might not allow by itself the obtention of the best solutions for Portugal;
    Considering, finally, the affinities which unite most democrats as to the need of State reform, promotion of civil society and modernization of the Country;
    We propose:
    1. The settlement of an Electoral Democratic Front, enclosing namely the CDS and the PSD, the PPM and, also, the personalities and groups somehow linked with independent social-democrats and reformers, and opened to the support of social institutions who share the same essential programmatic concepts.

    2. This EDF should have as main target the purpose of entering the new legislative elections as joint candidate to government - even though not necessarily on a single electoral list - in order to obtain a solid parliamentary majority as a way to avoid the possibility of a left-wing majority.

    3. This EDF should be inspired by a democratic and humanist ideal of society and State, and by fundamental values to the majority of Portuguese people, based on the following points:
    a) the utter defense of National independence and dignity;
    b) development of Azores and Madeira autonomy and strengthening of solidarity links uniting the continent and those islands in one and only country;
    c) reinforcement of the bonds between Portugal and both the portuguese communities abroad and portuguese speaking Countries, as well as total fulfillment of traditional alliances with NATO and other foreign Nations;
    d) joining the EEC with its implications regarding modernization, progress and social well-fare for Portuguese people;
    e) adoption of an economical policy capable of definitely overcoming the present crisis and mobilize every resource of labour and management in order to promote the development of private initiative and rationalization of the public sector;
    f) satisfaction of the basic social needs of portuguese people, namely education, health, housing and social security;
    g) achievement of large structural and social reform having in mind the reconstruction of the democratic State and revolution of civil society within a frame of full development based upon justice, de???centralization, regionalization, cultural progress and improvement of portuguese life conditions.

    4. The EDF will submit to the Country prior to forthcoming elections a proposal of Constitutional reform, a project of national salvation economical policy and a government program;
    5. The EDF shall present to voters a candidate to Prime-Minister, appointed unanimously by the political forces within itself, and will also choose to support in 1980 a candidate to the Presidency of the Republic.

    6. In view of the fulfillment of the above/referred purposes, three working committees should be immediately established and integrated by representatives of the parties, personalities and groups mentioned, as follows:
    a) Committee for the Reform of the Constitution;
    b) Committee for Economical Policy for National Salvation
    c) Committee for joint government Program;
    7. EDF should recommend legislative elections in September or October 1979, if suitable;
    8. EDF will establish and defend a set of fundamental principles for the revival of local policies towards decentralization and regionalization of the Country which should be defended at the local elections, to be held late in 1979, by joint lists of candidates whereas it is advisable.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA9AASYOWPJLVBEXDDFEKCJ0TT
    Media URN:
    VLVAA9AASYOWPJLVBEXDDFEKCJ0TT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:44:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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