The new Portuguese parliament has held its first session, and its first act was to re-elect the Socialist Jaime Gama as speaker.The Socialists are the largest party, but the two largest right-wing opposition parties have ruled out joining a coalition government. They have however promised to safeguard political stability and act as a “responsible” opposition, allowing the Socialists to rule as a minority administration. The Socialists will thus have to rely on temporary or permanent alliances to pass laws. Prime Minister Jose Socrates has been asked to form a government by the president, and he is also holding talks with the smaller far-left and Green parties. The government’s first test will be to get approval for its programme, which should be submitted to parliament before the end of the month.
Business resumes in Portuguese parliament