PORTUGAL: Democracy Is So Inconvenient

Having tolerated a little bit of democracy, Portugal's quiet strongman, Premier António de Oliveira Salazar, 69, decided that perhaps it was a dangerous thing. The crowds that came out to see the opposition candidate, Air Force General Humberto Delgado (who in the official count got 23% of the vote last month) had obviously indicated unrest after 26 years of Salazarism. Salazar described himself as "a man always prepared to quit, I will not say without disappointments but without disillusions."

Hereafter Portugal's President would be chosen by the National Assembly and the Corporative...

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