PORTUGAL: Out But Not Down

All-night meetings, military feints, rumors of a coup or even a civil war —nothing seemed able to stir Portugal from its state of near-paralysis. For most of last week, as overwhelming majorities of the military and the public called for him to resign, pro-Communist Premier Vasco dos Santos Gonçalves hung on, issuing dark warnings that if he were ousted, the Communist Party's armed militia would swing into action.

Suddenly, late in the week, Gonçalves let go—but not entirely. A communiqué issued from the presidential palace announced that he would be replaced as...

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