PORTUGAL: Drifting Toward Dictatorship

After barely 75 days of freedom, Portugal last week looked like a country headed for a return to the half-century of authoritarianism from which it had just emerged. The Prime Minister resigned, frustrated at the government's inability to reconcile the competing demands of rightists and leftists. The Vice Prime Minister, the Minister of Economic Coordination, the Internal Affairs Minister and the Defense Minister then followed suit. Two days later the President dismissed the remaining ten Ministers and set out to form a new Cabinet. In the streets undisciplined demonstrators demanded greater...

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