- The Washington Times - Monday, June 13, 2005

Vasco Goncalves, 83, Portuguese leader

LISBON (AP) — Vasco Goncalves, a former prime minister who played a key part in the 1974 April revolution that toppled 30 years of right-wing dictatorship in Portugal, died Saturday, the Portuguese government said. He was 83.

Gen. Goncalves was prime minister of four socialist provisional governments between 1974 and 1975 before being ousted by a more moderate wing in late 1975.

A controversial politician, he was responsible for nationalizing banks and insurance companies after the April revolution.

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