In Portugal, the political upheaval caused by the defeat of the Da Costa administration looks likely to continue for some months.
In Portugal, the political upheaval caused by the defeat of the Da Costa administration looks likely to continue for some months. President General Ramalho Eanes is to start talks with political parties soon, but observers believe a new government may not take office before Christmas. The so-called "non-party" government headed by Alfredo Nobre da Costa, an independent, was set up after the collapse of a six-month-old Socialist-Conservative partnership in July. But after just seventeen days in office, Prime Minister da Costa's cabinet was defeated when the Socialists and Conservatives teamed up again on September the 14th to reject a government programme. The programme was similar to the Socialists' and Conservatives' own plans, so Visnews' reporter Ken Pottinger spoke to the leader of the Centrel Social Democratic Party (CDS), Professor Freitas Do Amaral, to ask why his party had rejected a government that had seemed so acceptable.
At the party's Lisbon headquarters, the Professor explained...