Santa Maria: My Crusade for Portugal

Santa Maria: My Crusade for Portugal

Santa Maria: My Crusade for Portugal

Santa Maria: My Crusade for Portugal

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IN MAY 1926, as a consequence of the chaotic condition of the nation, the Portuguese Army, undermined by politics but still endowed with a certain authority and sense of history, forcibly expelled the nation's political parties from power. The Army immediately found itself burdened with tasks of government far beyond its assigned functions and responsibilities. Having no innate craving for political power, it decided to relieve itself of this heavy burden as quickly as possible. For a temporary period, while the foundations of the country's political and administrative institutions were being re-established, a dictatorship was felt to be necessary. There was no question, however, about the permanent regime: Portugal would continue to be a republic.

For the peace and honor of the nation, two sets of problems required solution. First, those problems arising from the fiscal and administrative emergency would have to be resolved; second, the country's political and economic institutions would have to be recast within a viable framework. At the same time, urgent social reforms would have to be undertaken without interfering with the traditional democratic sentiments of the people.

Though the economic situation of the nation during the early period of the military dictatorship was disastrous, the people . . .

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