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    In Portugal, campaigning has been continuing in the country's Presidential elections. doubts over the candidacy?

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    GV red carnations being handed out to supporters (3 shots)

    GV people chanting

    GV Carvalho addressing rally

    Apart from Major Carvalho and Admiral Azevedo, there are two other candidates in the elections. General Antonio Ramalho Eanes, Portugal's Army Chief-of-Staff, is supported by the country's three strongest parties - the Socialists, the Popular Democrats (PPD) and the Conservative Centre Democrats (CDS). The Communist Party is supporting Senhor Octavio Pato. A fifth contender, Senhor Wenceslou Pompilio da Cruz, was forced to withdraw when the supreme Court ruled that he had insufficient supporting signatories to his candidacy - 7,500 are needed.

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    Background: In Portugal, campaigning has been continuing in the country's Presidential elections. doubts over the candidacy of one of the main contenders, Prime Minister, Jose Pinheiro de Azevedo, were cleared yesterday (6 June) when the Portuguese supreme court announced that he could stand. Another candidate, Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, carried on his flamboyant campaigning with a rally in Lisbon.

    SYNOPSIS: Red carnations were handed out to the crowds before the start of the rally. The flower symbolises the military coup in April 1974 which overthrew the former government of Dr. Marcello Caetano and it was Major Carvalho who coordinated the whole affair. His backing in the elections comes from groups who want a regime based on soldier and worker councils rather than parliamentary democracy. But he fell from favour with many Portuguese last November when a military report named him as leader of an abortive revolt.

    15,000 people poured into Lisbon's Eduardo the Seventh park to hear the colourful Major Carvalho attack the terms of foreign aid to Portugal. He has been a strong critic of the United States and West Germany in the past. Two weeks ago, the Major was touring the country in a special silver train, along with a thousand of his supporters, and addressing campaign rallies. But it is yet to be seen if his flamboyant style of campaigning will win him the Presidential election on the 27th of June.

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