General Antonio de Spinola was sworn in as Portugal's new President in a Colourful ceremony at the Queluz Palace outside Lisbon on Wednesday (May 15).
GV Crowds with banners PAN TO Queluz Palace.
SV Press PAN TO Spinola.
MV Spinola shaking hands with dignitary.
MV Spinola out of building and through cheering crowd.
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Background: General Antonio de Spinola was sworn in as Portugal's new President in a Colourful ceremony at the Queluz Palace outside Lisbon on Wednesday (May 15).
The General heads the military junta which took power in the coup of April 25th, ending the regime of Prime Minister Marcello Caetano.
Outside the palace, a cheering crowd threw red carnations at the feet of General Spinola who was wearing black and gold uniform.
At the ceremony, General Spinola said his people wanted peace in Portugal's African colonies where war has raged for 13 years.
The next day Thursday (16th May), general Spinola swore in a new coalition cabinet of conservative Democrats, Technocrats. Socialists and Communists. They will form a provisional government which will rule until free elections are held early next year.