PORTUGAL: Going Right

A conservative in Lisbon

Five years have passed since Portugal threw off half a century of dictatorship, but its road to a stable democracy remains bumpy. After eleven short-lived governments, assorted coups and countercoups, and much maneuvering between various military factions, the country is politically and economically weary. Following the fall of Socialist Premier Mario Scares' minority regime in mid-1978, the squabbling factions in the National Assembly were unable to agree on a new government. So last summer Portugal's President, General António Ramalho Eanes, called an election in hope that a "coherent"...

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