The split within the military in Portugal seems to be widening. On Tuesday (2 September)?
The split within the military in Portugal seems to be widening. On Tuesday (2 September) representatives of the Army mat at Tancos, 80 miles (140 km) north of Lisbon, to discuss the nomination of pro-Communist former Premier Vasco Goncalves as Armed Forces Chief of Staff.
Although no decision was announced after the meeting it is thought the representatives voted heavily against his appointment. It is also thought that the Army, the biggest branch of the Armed Forces, will not send delegates to Friday's planned military assembly which is supposed to restructure the Armed Forces' Movement's highest policy making body, the 30 man Revolutionary Council.
The Assembly of 240 officers and men was expected to expel nine leading moderate officers who led the campaign against General Goncalves when he was Prime Minister.
General Goncalves went to the army meeting for a few hours. It was reported he left after angry clashes with leaders of the moderate group of officers.