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Sunday, 25 April 2010

 25TH APRIL 1974

      Military rebels seized control of Portugal
General Francisco da Costa Gomes succeeded Spinola as president 

The 25 April coup became known as the Carnation Revolution. It ended the longest dictatorship in Europe, the Estado Novo.
The new regime pushed through a rapid and hasty programme of decolonisation. Over the next few years Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Cape Verde Islands, Sao Tome and Principe, and Angola all became independent.
General Spinola served briefly as interim president and was succeeded by General Francisco da Costa Gomes.
Between them they nationalised about 60% of the economy and carried out a major redistribution of land.
Hundreds of political prisoners were released.


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