In Portugal, Parliament has met after its summer recess, with little sign of a row which Reuters says was widely expected over the appointment of Alfredo Nobre Da Costa as Prime Minister.
In Portugal, Parliament has met after its summer recess, with little sign of a row which Reuters says was widely expected over the appointment of Alfredo Nobre Da Costa as Prime Minister. Parliament instead agreed to a Communist proposal to complete essential electoral legislation by the middle of next month. The leadership crisis was sparked by a conservative walk-out from the Socialist-led government.
SYNOPSIS: The deputies gathered at Parliament while the new Prime Minister, Mr Nobre Da Costa, was still considering candidates for his cabinet. He succeeded Socialist Premier, Mario Soares, who was dismissed following the Conservative walk-out from his government. Mr Nobre Da Costa described as an independent technocrat and his choice by President Antonio Ramalho Eanes was said to have surprised most politicians. Correspondents observed an air of conciliation prevailing although the former premier Mr Soares was not present.
The Communist spokesman Mr Carlos Brito continued the low-key approach his party adopted during the crisis. Others say they are waiting to see Mr Nobre Da Costa's cabinet and programme before deciding what their course of action will be. The Socialists were reported to be angered by Mr Soares' dismissal, but when their Parliamentary leader My Francisco Salgado Zanha took the stand he told the assembly the Socialists had confidence in the Portuguese people, in the Assembly and in the sense of honour of the president, even if they did not always agree with him.