Portugal's Prime Minister Francisco Sa Carneiro -- whose ruling right-wing party won a sweeping victory in the country's general elections -- has promised to change the political face of Portugal in four years.
GV ZOOM INTO SV Portuguese Prime Minister Francisco Sa Carneiro addressing supporters before election results announced.
GV Voters examining lists outside polling station in Lisbon, Portugal.
GV & SV People casting votes inside polling station. (3 SHOTS)
SV Portuguese President Antonio Ramalho Eanes arriving at polling station with wife and being greeted by voters.
GV & SV Eanes enters polling station, receives ballot paper and casts his vote. (2 SHOTS)
SV Socialist leader, Mario Soares, speaking in French at news conference.
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Background: Portugal's Prime Minister Francisco Sa Carneiro -- whose ruling right-wing party won a sweeping victory in the country's general elections -- has promised to change the political face of Portugal in four years. Provisional results of Sunday's elections assured Mr. Sa Carneiro's Democratic Alliance of at least 134 of the 250 seats in the new parliament.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Sa Carneiro -- here addressing supporters before election day -- is deeply committed to strengthening Portugal's links with the United States and getting the country into the European Common Market by 1983. After winning last December's elections, the Democratic Alliance froze relations with Moscow in retaliation for the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan and supported President Carter's call for a boycott of the Olympic Games. Mr. Sa Carneiro says that for the first time in many years, Portugal has achieved a stable government.
Early on Sunday morning (5 October), Portugal's seven million voters streamed to the polls. Soon it became clear that the Democratic Alliance would achieve the mandate it wanted to purge the constitution of socialist ideals and throw open the economy to private enterprise.
But Portugal's President General Antonio Ramalho Eanes, is determined to stop Mr. Sa Carneiro from carrying out his controversial constitutional reforms. With his powerful right to veto legislative changes, General Eanes could block the Democratic Alliance's ability to govern. During the election campaign the Alliance accused General Eanes of being an unofficial Communist candidate and they are now hoping that he will lose the Presidential elections in December.
The election results proved a disappointment to Portugal's Republican and Socialist Front, with early returns giving them a quarter of the vote compared to over one half gained by the Democratic Alliance. "But", said Socialist leader, Mario Soares, "I trust implicity in the Portuguese people with their love of freedom and democracy".