While Socialists throughout Portugal are celebrating their success in Friday's General Election, the Popular Democrats are hinting of a coalition with them.
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TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 3) BALEMSAO: "We also think in means an option for freedom and for Democratic Socialism. The majority that has shown this option is, as you know, very big and overtakes very, very clearly any other combination of parties and of results."
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EDITORS NOTE: THIS FILM CONTAINS AN EXTRACT OF A NEWS CONFERENCE BY THE HEAD OF THE P.P.D., MR. FRANCISCO PINTO BALEMSAO
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Background: While Socialists throughout Portugal are celebrating their success in Friday's General Election, the Popular Democrats are hinting of a coalition with them.
The Socialists polled 38 per cent of the vote and the Democrats 26 per cent in the election for 247 members of the Constituent Assembly.
The two Parties have been the strongest promoters of the ideals of parliamentary democracy, rather than the revolutionary course Portugal has taken since the abortive right-wing coup last month.
A member of the leftist Military Revolutionary Council--which at present holds supreme power in the country--Lieutenant Ramiro Corroia, said however, the result did not mean the armed forces had changed their policy. He repeated that the Portuguese people were not politically educated enough to vote after half a century of dictatorship.