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Portuguese premier tends to a crisis in his Cabinet

By WITH ANALYSIS FROM MONITOR CORRESPONDENTS AROUND THE WORLD, EDITED BY CLARA GERMANI / July 29, 1981



Lisbon

Prime Minister Francisco Pinto Balsemao broke off a vacation in southern Portugal to return here to deal with a political crisis caused by the resignation of a key minister. Despite Mr. Balsemao's pleas that it could bring down the government, Social Affairs Minister Carlos Macedo resigned from his post.

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The move fueled new press speculation about the prime minister's chances of political survival. The resignation will force him to negotiate a Cabinet shuffle with his coalition partners, his second since he came to power in Janu ary promising four years of political stability.