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    In Portugal, General Antonio Ramalho Eanes, was sworn in on Wednesday (14 July) as President - the country's first freely elected head-of-state for 50 years.

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    In Portugal, General Antonio Ramalho Eanes, was sworn in on Wednesday (14 July) as President - the country's first freely elected head-of-state for 50 years.

    SYNOPSIS: The Parliament buildings is Lisbon were decorated with flags for the official ceremony, and crowds gathered outside to watch a military parade which was held as the 263 Deputies gathered inside. The General's investiture was the climax of a rapid rise to power which began in November last year when he commanded operations to suppress an abortive left-wing coup.

    General Eanes replaces the outgoing President, General Francisco da Costa Gomes, as Chairman of the 19-man Military Council of the Revolution. The Council now gives up its supreme powers which it has held for the past 16 months, but will still advise the President and guarantee democracy and the constitution. The Portuguese national anthem was played after the General took the oath of office.

    In his speech to the Assembly he swore allegiance to the new constitution which commits the country to democracy and socialism after 48 years of right-wing authoritarian rule. The 41 year-old General was elected last month with 61 per cent of the votes. He has already said that he will ask the Socialist leader, Dr. Mario Soares, to form a minority government, Dr. Soares was in the body of the hall listening to the speech.

    The 40 Communist Deputies, led by Secretary-General Alvaro Cunhal, remained seated with arms folded as the General gave a series of veiled warnings against any renewed left-wing agitation. The Communists want Dr. Soares to form a coalition government with them.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAW4NKNRQTM2C1B1TKI2TT2AL0
    Media URN:
    VLVAAW4NKNRQTM2C1B1TKI2TT2AL0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/07/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
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    N/A

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