Portugal's military rulers put their troops on a limited alert after the country's biggest political party, the Socialists, walked out of the provisional government on Friday (11 July).
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The leader of Portugal's biggest political party, the Socialist, Dr. Mario Soares, took time off from urgent party meeting on Friday night to address a mass rally of his supporters in Lisbon. Dr. Soares explained his party's decision to withdraw from the provisional government. He said Portugal was "not marching to socialism, but towards a sort of state capitalism which begins to sprout into a police-type regime....
While Dr. Soares was addressing his rally, the Prime Minister, General Vasco Gonclaves cancelled a planned overseas trip to attend an all-night session of the ruling Council of the Revolution. A statement issued after the meeting, condemned the Socialist walk-out and informed Portugal that the troops had been put on a limited alert.
However, Dr. Soares has challenged the Armed Forces Movement to say whether it could claim to govern Portugal with the support of only minority parties....who represent only about eighteen per cent of the population. He was referring to rumblings in the Centre-Left Popular Democrats Party (PPD)...many party members want to follow the Socialist out of the government. Between them, the Socialist and the PPD won sixty four per cent of the votes in the elections last April.
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Background: Portugal's military rulers put their troops on a limited alert after the country's biggest political party, the Socialists, walked out of the provisional government on Friday (11 July).
The political crisis caused Prime Minster Vasco Gonclaves to call off an overseas trip to take part in an all-night session of the ruling Council of the Revolution.
A statement issued after the meeting condemned the Socialists' walk-out. It also informed Portugal of the troop alert which, the Council claimed, was a move to prevent "reactionary forces" from trying to exploit the political crisis.
Under the alert, all troops remain in barracks ready to move in under an hour's notice.
Meanwhile, Socialist Party leader, Dr. Mario Soares, told a mass rally in Lisbon his reasons for the party's withdrawal.
He said Portuguese was "not marching towards socialism, but towards a sort of state capitalism which begins to sprout into a police-type regime and new class of bureaucrats who oppress the workers."