The Cabinet members of the new Portuguese Government were announced in the capital, Lisbon, on Friday night (19 September).
GV ZOOM IN TO SV OF Announcement of new Cabinet and President Costa Gomes signing
GV Ministers look on
MV & CU Admiral Azevedo speaking (2 shots)
SV Military personnel looking on
CU President Costa Gomes speaking as newsmen look on
Both men embrace
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Background: The Cabinet members of the new Portuguese Government were announced in the capital, Lisbon, on Friday night (19 September).
The new Government, the sixth since last year's military coup, is headed by Admiral Jose Pinheiro De Azevedo.
It replaces the Communist dominated Government of General Vasco Goncalves which collapsed three weeks ago.
The General was eased out of offices by a group of nine moderate officers.
The new Government is weighted against the Communists, who have only one minister, Dr. Alvaro Veiga De Oliveira, who has the portfolio of Public Works.
The Socialists have four posts in the new Cabinet and the centre left democrats (p.p.d.) two.
The posts given to the p.p.d. reflect the fact that they received more votes than the Communists in last April's general elections.
The leader of the nine officers who engineered the fall of General Goncalves, Major Ernesto Melo Antunes, has returned to the position of Foreign Minister, which eh held until last July.
A colleague of Major Antunes, Major Vitor Alves, has been appointed to the highly sensitive post of Education Minister.
None of the three political parties are represented in the new Cabinet by their leader, reflecting a tendency to keep some distance from an administration whose viability so far uncertain.
SYNOPSIS: A new Portuguese Government was sworn into office by President Costs Gomes in Lisbon, on Friday. The new Cabinet is headed by Admiral Jose Pinheiro De Azevedo, a former career naval officer. He is considered to be ideologically acceptable to the country's rival military and civilian political groups. The new Government is the sixth since the military coup last year. It replaces the Communist dominated Government of General Vasco Goncalves, which collapsed three weeks ago. The General was eased out of power by a group of nine military officers.
The new Government is weighted against the Communists who have only one minister. Dr. Alvaro Veiga Del Oliveria.
President General Francisco Da Costa Gomes is considered to be a close friends of Portugal's new Prime Minister's appointment follows weeks of intensive manoeuvres between supporters and opponents of his pro-Communist predecessor. The Socialists have four members in the new Cabinet and the centre left democrats, the P.P.D., have two.
After the swearing in ceremony Admiral Azevedo spoke to the Assembly.
He said that the new Government would aim to achieve socialism through pluralist democracy. he said he rejected social democracy which is promoted by the P.P.D. but which is accused by other parties further to the left as "a perpetuation of capitalism". However, he pledged to allow capitalist parties to operate as opposition to his Government.
President Costa Gomes embraced the new Prime Minister and warned him "The way ahead is long".