As the delicate negotiations to form a new Portuguese government continue, the country's Communist Party indulged in a large show of strength in Lisbon on Tuesday night (16 September).
GV PAN ZOOM INTO Banners of Communist supporters
CU Pro-Communist signs and flags (2 shots)
LV ZOOM INTO GV Crowd
SV Cunhal chanting and urging crowd
GV ZOOM INTO Crowd cheering and clapping
SV PAN Cunhal and officials applauding
SV & MV ZOOM OUT TO GV Crowd chanting (2 shots)
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Background: As the delicate negotiations to form a new Portuguese government continue, the country's Communist Party indulged in a large show of strength in Lisbon on Tuesday night (16 September).
The Communists have been on the retreat since ex-Premier Vasco Goncalves was ousted earlier in the month so Party Secretary General Alvaro Cunhal clearly thought it was an opportune time for Tuesday's mass rally in the Lisbon bullring.
Although the rally was meant to show the party's opponents that morale and supports are still high, the communists had made another step down during the day. They had been insisting on having as many cabinet seats in the new government as the Popular Democrat Party (PPD), but the PPD had been refusing because they received over twice as many votes as the Communists in last April's General election.
The argument had been the main obstacle blocking Admiral Jose Phinherio de Azevedo's attempts to form a new government, but the Communists have now dropped their claim.
Mr. Cunhal made no mention of parity with the PPD during Tuesday's rally and observers noted that the Soviet press has praised the Portuguese Communists' "tactical compromise" -- indicating that flexibility was the order of the day.