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    In Portugal, the political upheaval caused by the defeat of the Da Costa administration looks likely to continue for some months.

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    GV Central Social Democratic building in Lisbon.

    SV ZOOM INTO CU Visnews reporter Ken Pottinger seated with Professor Freitas Do Amaral, leader of Central Social Democratic Party, and speaking. (2 shots)

    PROFESSOR FREITAS DO AMARAL: "Well, in fact it was not... because the Government of Senhor Nobre da Costa included some pro-communists, and we don't accept that the Portuguese Government includes communists, pro-communists. We think it's very dangerous to give the country the impression or give the country the impression or the idea that the country cannot be governed; in fact cannot be ruled unless there is some agreement with the Communist Party."

    REPORTER: "And that was the only reason for bringing down the Government?"

    PROFESSOR AMARAL: "This was the main reason. The other reason was that we think that, in a democracy, Presidents should include party politicians, and not be composed only independents."

    REPORTER: "What sort of future parliamentary government do you see for Portugal if early elections are to be avoided?"

    PROFESSOR AMARAL: "Well, we think in fact that early elections should be avoided because of the economic crisis. And we think that only government with personalities from the three main democratic parties - but the main important point is that we think that the next government should include party personalities, and not include members of the Communist Party, or friends or people near the Communist Party. That is the main point, because we think that in Portugal we have the most Stalinist Communist Party of Europe, and it should not be given the prize of having their people in the government."

    Asked if his party would accept the reappointment of Senhor Nobre da Costa as Premier, if the new cabinet included party personalities, Professor Amaral Said he did not think so. He said Senhor da Costa had made some mistakes, and would not be acceptable as a choice for Prime Minister.

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    Background: In Portugal, the political upheaval caused by the defeat of the Da Costa administration looks likely to continue for some months. President General Ramalho Eanes is to start talks with political parties soon, but observers believe a new government may not take office before Christmas. The so-called "non-party" government headed by Alfredo Nobre da Costa, an independent, was set up after the collapse of a six-month-old Socialist-Conservative partnership in July. But after just seventeen days in office, Prime Minister da Costa's cabinet was defeated when the Socialists and Conservatives teamed up again on September the 14th to reject a government programme. The programme was similar to the Socialists' and Conservatives' own plans, so Visnews' reporter Ken Pottinger spoke to the leader of the Centrel Social Democratic Party (CDS), Professor Freitas Do Amaral, to ask why his party had rejected a government that had seemed so acceptable.

    At the party's Lisbon headquarters, the Professor explained...

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