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.
SV INT Socialist leader Mario Soares speaking to newsmen.
SV INT Social Democrats leader, Amandio de Azevedo speaking to newsmen.
SV INT Conservative party leader, Diodo Freitas do Amaral speaking to newsmen.
SV INT Communist leader Alvaro Cunha? speaking to newsmen.
Any new government would have difficulties without the support of Any new government would have 102 Deputies in Parliament, compared with 73 Social Democrats 41 Conservatives and 40 Communists. Dr. Soares said he would reserve his party's position until the new premier was named and had announced his programme.
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Background: 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.