Portugal: End of the Salazar Era

"For a long period, the country grew accustomed to being governed by a man of genius, but from now on it must adapt itself to being governed by men like other men." With those words, Marcello Caetano, a longtime associate of Portuguese Dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, last week became Premier of Portugal, ending 36 years of Salazar rule.

Even as the new Premier was sworn in, Salazar, the victim of a massive stroke, clung to life. But the 79-year-old dictator had been in a coma for ten days, and his doctors had...

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