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    Portugal's recently-elected new President, General Antonio Ramalho Eanes, presided over a ceremony at Lisbon's Belem Palace on Friday (23 July), when the country's first democratic government for 50 years was installed.

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    Portugal's recently-elected new President, General Antonio Ramalho Eanes, presided over a ceremony at Lisbon's Belem Palace on Friday (23 July), when the country's first democratic government for 50 years was installed.

    SYNOPSIS: A large crowd of supporters of Socialist Party Secretary-General Mario Soares gathered outside the Palace to cheer him as he arrived to be sworn in as Prime Minister of the new minority government. Dr. Soares was the first of the 18-man cabinet to take the oath and afterwards said that his main priority would be the economic recovery of Portugal. He pledged that the agrarian reform laws and the nationalisation of banks and large industries undertaken by the Marxist-dominated government last year would not be reversed.

    But Dr. Soares also said that no new nationalisations would be carried out.

    The Socialists topped the poll in last a April's general elections and, on the basis of the 107 socialists deputies elected to the 26.-seat assembly of the republic, Dr. Soares decided to form a minority government. He has denied that the "moderate wing" of his party is over-represented in the new cabinet. "It was the only viable government for Portugal at this moment" he said.

    Dr. Soares' cabinet met at his official residence after the swearing-in ceremony. It replaces a series of provisional governments since the revolution of April 1974 and although dominated by socialists, also includes both independents and military officers. It faces the delicate task of presenting a moderate programme of government and at the same time satisfying the trade unions.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEWFL2FZG6FO0J9MHGCTR2QD9W
    Media URN:
    VLVAEWFL2FZG6FO0J9MHGCTR2QD9W
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/07/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
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    N/A

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