• Short Summary

    Political parties were stepping up their campaign with only ten days to go before the April 25 general election -- the fifth since the 1974 Revolution.

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    SV Poster, Francisco Lucas Pires, leader of the Christian Democrats PAN TO crowd cheering and waving flags
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    2.
    SV Pires at rostrum as crowd applauds (3 shots)
    1.02

    3.
    SCU Pires speaks (PORTUGUESE SOT) as audience listens (3 shots)
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    4.
    GV Crowds cheer and wave (2 shots)
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Political parties were stepping up their campaign with only ten days to go before the April 25 general election -- the fifth since the 1974 Revolution. On April 14, the Christian Democrats Party, (CDS) formerly a partner in the ruling Democratic Alliance, held a rally in the Lisbon Sports Pavillion. The party leader, Mr. Francisco Lucas Pires, spoke of liberal nationalism and the need to stimulate investment and creativity. He warned that the country might be heading for another era socialist rule. In its three years in power, the government Democratic Alliance failed to avert the deep economic crisis which Portugal now faces. With inflation running at 22 percent and a foreign debt of 13 billion dollars, Mr. Mario Soares, former Prime Minister, has described the economic situation as highly dangerous, and has called for "good sense and sacrifice". Recent opinion polls have predicted that his Socialist Party would win the most votes, but not enough to gain an outright majority. Mr. Soares has declared himself willing to form a coalition with the Social Democrats, who were partners in the Democrats Alliance. This would be one of the few ruling combinations which has not been tried since 1974.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC500X7DLSNQ4H357M3KYKY0MB
    Media URN:
    VLVAC500X7DLSNQ4H357M3KYKY0MB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/04/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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