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Vol 40 No 15

Published 23rd July 1999

Micro-state struggles

As the succession heats up, another head of state seeks to amend the constitution

The contest to succeed Prime Minister Carlos Veiga is heating up. The ailing Veiga (he is said to have diabetes and regularly visits his doctors in Portugal) announced in April that he would retire as leader of the Movimento Para a Democracia (and therefore as Premier) at the party congress in February 2000. The favourite to succeed Veiga is António Gualberto do Rosário, who was appointed Vice-Prime Minister in the April-May 1998 reshuffle. Until then, he had been Minister of Economic Coordination, where he was well liked by foreign donors.

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