PORTUGAL: Unpleasant Dreams

Five years ago, when illness forced Dictator António de Oliveira Salazar to end his 36-year reign, it seemed as though Portugal, like Rip Van Winkle, were awakening after a long sleep. Marcello Caetano, then a 62-year-old law professor, became the new Premier, bringing bright young technocrats into the government, reforming the antiquated educational system, and loosening the government's repressive hand on civil liberties. Last week, however, as Portuguese voters went to the polls to elect a new National Assembly, it was clear that Portugal, unlike Rip Van Winkle, had gone back to...

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