PORTUGAL: Rumblings from an Earthquake

Why did a mild earthquake shake Lisbon one morning last week? "It was caused," according to a local joke, "by the general putting his big foot down on the political parties." The officer in question was General Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, the tough, outspoken boss of the military security force, and the earthquake occurred just as he was making his way to a special assembly of the ruling Armed Forces Movement (M.F.A.). There was only one solution to the party bickering that was "causing division and making the people suffer," declared the...

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