January 2012
Background Notes on Countries of the World: Portugal;1/ 4/2012, p4
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The article offers information on government and political conditions in Portugal. After the 1974 military coup against Marcelo Caetano, Portugal moved from authoritarian rule to parliamentary democracy. At present, there are four main branches of the government, including the presidency, the prime minister and Council of Ministers, the Assembly of the Republic, and the judiciary. A list of principal government officials in 2011 is included, headed by President Anibal Cavaco Silva.


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