Portugal's new Premier-Designate, Dr. Carlos Mota Pinto has called on President Antonio Ramalho Eanes at?
Portugal's new Premier-Designate, Dr. Carlos Mota Pinto has called on President Antonio Ramalho Eanes at Belem Palace near Lisbon. Meanwhile, one of his predecessors, Dr. Mario Soares, the Socialist leader who was dismissed as Premier last July, told pressmen that his party will, in the national interest, back the new Premier.
SYNOPSIS: Making an official visit to the Presidential Palace was Dr. Mota Pinto, a professor of law and a jurist from Coimbra University. He was formerly leader of the parliamentary group of the Centre Right Social Democrats before he resigned in late 1975. He succeeds Senhor Alfredo Nobre da Costa, the caretaker Prime Minister who was President Eanes' first choice after he sacked the Socialist Premier Dr. Soares in July.
At the Socialist Party Headquarters, Dr. Mario Soares described for newsmen his Party's attitude to the new Premier. He said that in the national interest the Socialists would support him.
Afterwards he told a reporter that the party would allow members, if asked, to participate as individuals in the cabinet to be formed. But his party would not participate. The constitution, he said, had been upheld in the appointment of Dr. Mota Pinto.
He said that the President of the Republic had consulted the Socialist Party and they had agreed to the appointment. Dr. Soares said that it was not a situation which would have resulted from elections, but in the present circumstances it is valid and realistic. He pledged his Party's cooperation in solving the political crisis because the economic and social problems facing Portugal were very difficult and he would not see the situation deteriorate.