Portugal's President Eanes has been seeking the views of his country's political leaders, before naming a new Prime Minister to replace Mario Soares, the Socialist Party leader.
Portugal's President Eanes has been seeking the views of his country's political leaders, before naming a new Prime Minister to replace Mario Soares, the Socialist Party leader. Dr. Soares was dismissed at the end of last month, after the Conservative Centre Democrat Party withdrew its parliamentary support for his government.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Soares himself was one of those consulted by President Eanes. Afterwards, outside the Presidential Palace, Dr. Soares told journalists that he thought the new Prime Minister should be another Socialist. He said the choice of a member of the armed forces would be contrary to the spirit of Portugal's four-year-old democracy.
The leader of Portugal's second largest party, the Social Democrats, Amandio de Azevedo has asked whether an inter-party government could be formed to included members of the Social Democrats, but was told this was not possible at the present time.
The Conservative leader, Diogo Freitas do Amaral, said it has been impossible to revive the accord between his party and the Socialists. It is thought that President Eanes has now despaired of getting a new government based on an accord among the parties, and will nominate a Prime Minister who will state his policies and seek support on that basis.
Communist Party Secretary-General, Alvaro Cunhal said the new Prime Minister should be a civilian, but bot necessarily a member of the socialist Party. But he said Socialists should form the nucleus of the next government.