The World: The Cork, the Ideologue, the Playboy

Before the April revolution, the three soldiers who are dominating the Lisbon government were virtually unknown outside Portugal. Today, they are international figures at the center of one of the century's most portentous, unpredictable political upheavals. These, for the moment at least, are the men responsible for Portugal's uncertain future:

FRANCISCO DA COSTA GOMES, President, is known in Lisbon political circles as "the cork"; that is because he always manages to bob to the surface after every storm. Conciliatory and pragmatic, always searching for ways to avoid conflict, Costa Gomes, 61, is the kind of avuncular friend that others turn to in...

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