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    Representatives of Portugal's five main political parties and of the armed forces met in Lisbon on Wednesday (17 December) to discuss how Portugal should be governed in the future.

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    Representatives of Portugal's five main political parties and of the armed forces met in Lisbon on Wednesday (17 December) to discuss how Portugal should be governed in the future.

    The political parties have been given until 30 December to suggest ways to revise a pact which gives the armed forces control over future civilian governments.

    The parties agreed to the deadline at the meeting with representatives of the Armed Forces Movement (MFA) which has been guiding the country since last year's overthrow of the right-wing regime.

    Although party spokesmen refused to go into details, leaders of the Socialists, the centrist Popular Democrats (PPD) and Conservative Centre Democrats (CDS) have already hinted that they want the armed forces to return to barracks after next spring election for a legislative assembly.

    They are expected to press for the pact, signed under radical left-wing pressure last April to be revised on two key points.

    They want the president elected by the people, rather than an electoral college including the MFA's assembly and they also want the Military Council of the Revolution to lose its present legislative powers.

    One of the five MFA negotiators at the meeting, Lisbon Regional Commander Vasco Lourenco, said the military should return to the barracks as soon as possible -- but not immediately after the legislative assembly election.

    SYNOPSIS: A meeting on how Portugal should be governed took place in Lisbon on Wednesday. Representatives of the five main political parties and the armed forces attended. The political parties have been given until the end of December to suggest ways of revising a pact giving the armed forces control over future civilian governments.

    Lisbon Regional Commander Vasco Lourenco said the military should return to the barracks as soon as possible -- but not immediately after the legislative assembly election next spring. The armed forces have guided Portugal since last year's overthrow.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACSFZ1M1U5EFQJ3MZO79XHGY7X
    Media URN:
    VLVACSFZ1M1U5EFQJ3MZO79XHGY7X
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:38:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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