In Portugal, where Prime Minister Vasco Goncalves has still not announced his new government, the current political crisis continues grave.
LV ZOOM IN Demonstrators in Lisbon square (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators with banners
SCU Demonstrator with pamphlets
SV PAN FROM Demonstrators TO Onlookers
GV Demonstrators marching with banners (3 shots)
GV Demonstrators TILT TO Banner
SV Demonstrators marching and chanting (2 shots)
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Background: In Portugal, where Prime Minister Vasco Goncalves has still not announced his new government, the current political crisis continues grave.
The growing factionalism, with political parties voicing their discontent independently, continues. Yesterday (1 August), it was the turn of extreme left-wing groups to demonstrate in Lisbon.
About a thousand of them marched through the city centre chanting and waving banners demanding workers' power.
Simultaneously, the failure of General Goncalves to name his new government heightened the atmosphere of political uncertainty. Earlier, President Francisco Costa Gomes had promised that the government would be announced by August 2 by the latest.
General Goncalves wouldn't give any reason for the delay. But he said the announcement would come soon. Nevertheless there were reports that hew faced increasing difficulties following the collapse of the coalition of Communists, Socialists and centre-left Popular Democrate last month. Apparently the main obstacle has been the refusal of independent leftists to serve in a government that has not even set out a programme at present.
In an effort to combat the sense of dissension, all Portuguese radio stations repeatedly broadcast an important appeal for political unity by President Costa Gomes at the weekend.