In Portugal, Communist leader Alvaro Cunhal told a mass meeting of his supporters on Thursday (15 December) that the country's political crisis could only be solved by a Socialist-Communist alliance.
GV: supporters chanting and clapping in Lisbon stadium.
GV: supporters singing Communist songs, applause as singing finishes and chanting begins (3 shots)
GV: supporters singing (2 shots)
SV PAN: Communist party leaders including Alvaro Cunhal (white hair) join in singing.
GV: crowd continue singing (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM: party leaders on the rostrum applauding TO Cunhal speaking (2 shots)
SV: supporters listening to Cunhal (2 shots)
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Background: In Portugal, Communist leader Alvaro Cunhal told a mass meeting of his supporters on Thursday (15 December) that the country's political crisis could only be solved by a Socialist-Communist alliance.
SYNOPSIS: The rally took place in Lisbon as Portuguese President Antonio Ramalho Eanes was ending a visit to West Germany so that he could begin urgent discussions on the prospects of forming a new government following the defeat of Premier Mario Soares.
President Eanes was expected to hold an early meeting with Dr Soares, who has remained as caretaker Prime Minister since the downfall of his 16-month-old minority Socialist government. It followed a confidence motion on proposals designed to solve Portugal's grave economic problems.
At President Eanes' request the country's major political parties prepared reports during his absence on possible ways out of the crisis. He was expected to begin studying them immediately on his return from West Germany.
Dr Soares has not been invited by President Eanes to try to from a new government. His own future has remained uncertain since he failed to reach a consensus with the Communists, centre-right Social Democrats and conservative Centre Democrats. They refused to give him the backing the needed for his austerity programme to beat soaring inflation and unemployment. He also wanted to complete important talks on a loan from the International Monetary Fund.
But Senor Cunhal told his audience of 10,000 that he was demanding an alliance with the socialists.
So far Premier Soares has rejected the possibility of forming an alliance with one or more opposition parties. President Eanes had asked parties not to hold political Democrats cancelled a meeting in Oporto. But the Communists decided to go ahead with their rally.