PORTUGAL: A Resounding Vote for Moderation

One year to the day after the "revolution of flowers" that ended a half-century of oppressive dictatorship, the Portuguese people went to the polls last week to vote for a new constituent assembly. It was the country's first free election in three generations, and for an electorate so long disenfranchised, the voters spoke with a remarkably clear voice. Parties representing moderate positions in Portugal's left-hued political spectrum received nearly 70% of the ballots; the Communists, their allies and a slew of tiny radical parties received less than 20% of the vote.

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