The Portuguese Prim Minister, Dr. Mario Soares has outlined the policies of his new government?
CU PAN Soares walks to seat
SCU Deputies at National Assembly
SV General Alvaro Cunhal and others at Assembly
SV National Assemblymen
GV Scares making speech to assembly while deputies listen (6 shots)
The Assembly, which was elected last April, is expected to adopt the policies proposed by Dr. Soares although the Socialists hold only 167 seats. The rest are split between the Centre Popular Democrats (PPD), the conservative Centre Democrats (CDS), the radical left-wing Popular Democratic Union (UDP) and the Communist Party. When he took office late last month, Dr. Soares promised that the private sector would be revitalised and that no new nationalisations would be carried out to stem the collapse of private investment.
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Background: The Portuguese Prim Minister, Dr. Mario Soares has outlined the policies of his new government i a marathon speech to the Portuguese National Assembly in Lisbon on Monday (2 August).
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Soares, who heads the first democratically ch??? administration in Portugal for half a century, told the 263 seat assembly that the priority of his minority government was economics recovery. The communists are the only party likely to challenge the Socialist programme.
???ed that herd work and ???fice were essentials for ???al solvation. The extensive document will now be debated in the Assembly. It proposes means to revitalise Portugal's paralysed economy, securing financial stability, reducing unemployment, expanding production, consolidating democracy and ensuring a fair distribution of wealth. Dr. Soares said Portugal was fed up with the revolutionary turmoil which followed the 1974 coup ending 50 years of right-wing dictatorship. But he promised the Socialists would defend the conquests of revolution carried out by the pro-communist provisional government last year.