Portugal Takes Giant Leap Leftward: After the initial euphoria that followed the end of the authoritarian Caetano regime, a haunting question remained: Would General Antonio Spinola, ostensibly at the head of the revolutionary forces, be able to consolidate Portugal into a democratic government on a par with others of Western Europe? The answer from all indications is a firm "No." It only appears now that the military dictatorship of the Right has been replaced with a military dictatorship of the Left. The once-murky post-revolution picture became clearer with the recent threat of the armed forces to postpone the upcoming spring elections unless given a permanent voice in running the country.
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