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Portugal Rightist Favored in Today's Presidential Vote
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Jan 26, 1986
Start Page: 8
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

With the country still exuberant about democratic elections, Diogo Freitas do Amaral, long regarded as the most conservative major politician in revolutionary Portugal, was expected to leave three squabbling and badly divided leftist candidates far behind in today's first round of voting in the Portuguese presidential elections.

In a sharp break with the past, all four candidates for president are civilians. For the first time since the Portuguese coup that overturned the half-century-long dictatorship in 1974, no military officer will be president of Portugal. And since dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar used to install military officers as president, the new president will be the first Portuguese civilian head of state in 60 years.

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