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Christian Democrat to join new Lisbon government

By With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents around the world, Edited by Clara Germani / August 24, 1981


Christian Democratic leader Diogo Freitas do Amaral has agreed to join a new Portuguese government to be formed by erstwhile Prime Minister Francisco Pinto Balsemao.

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The CDS leader announced his decision after an invitation from Mr. Pinto Balsemao to become deputy prime minister. He refused to join the Social Democratic leader's first government, and was a critic of its middle-of-the-road policies.

Mr. Pinto Balsemao resigned Aug. 10 in the face of mounting criticism from within his party and the conservative CDS. Mr. Pinto Balsemao conceded the Christian Democrats a swing to the right in economic policy in return for their commitment to back the new administration fully.