Portugal's presidential election campaign has gone in its final days with a total of seven candidates contesting the poll in early December.
GV Crowd waving flags and cheering in Sports Pavilion, Lisbon.
GV General Soares Carneiro being applauded by officials on stage, and begins speech
GV Crowd applauds
SV Carneiro greeted by supporters as he walks through crowd and waves to flag waving crowd. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: Portugal's presidential election campaign has gone in its final days with a total of seven candidates contesting the poll in early December. The election will have a crucial bearing on future Portuguese politics. Prime Minister Sa Carneiro has warned that he will resign unless the incumbent President Antonio Eanes is ousted. The government is backing its own candidate, general Soares Carneiro, who attracted a big crowd to his campaign rally on Wednesday night (26 November).
SYNOPSIS: Portugal's right-wing Democratic Alliance was returned to power with an increased majority in last month's national elections.
And now, the party is determined to win the presidency away from Antonio Eanes. General Soares Carneiro delivered his campaign speech to a noisy crowd of government supporters in Lisbon's Sports Pavilion, saying he was the candidate of reconciliation. general Carneiro said he was running because Portugal needed to end conflict between the Presidency and the government.
With the presidential campaign in its final stages, police have been keeping a close watch on all political rallies. Previously, fights had broken out between supporters of rival candidates in northern Portugal, leaving three people injured. And a youth was shot dead in political violence that followed the Democratic Alliance's land-slide victory in October, Most o\f the presidential candidates will be on whistle-stop campaign tours until election day on December the 7th.