PORTUGAL: An Odd but Hopeful Coupling

Soares' Socialists team up with the conservatives

Even as Italy's government was falling, Portugal was getting a new one, thus ending a 41-day political crisis that began when Premier Mário Soares' minority Socialist government lost a vote of confidence. President António Ramalho Eanes had asked Soares to try again. After failing to work out accords with the right-of-center Social Democrats and the Communists, Soares last week succeeded in forming an alliance with the conservative Center Social Democrats (C.D.S.). The Socialists' 102 votes in the 263-seat legislature together with the 41 votes of the...

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