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Portugal PM has 'formula' to save the coalition from crisis

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Portugal PM has 'formula' to save the coalition from crisis

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Saving the coalition, the Portuguese prime minister vows the government will survive.

Passos Coelho’s cabinet faces its toughest test after two ministers deserted and interest rates soared this week.

The departure of Foreign Minister Paulo Portas threatened to destabilise the ruling coalition’s majority.

Coelho made the following statement after talks late on Thursday: “Mr Paulo Portas assured me that a solution will be found between him and the CDS-PP to guarantee the political support of his party to the government to guarantee stability in the country. Together with Mr Portas, we will work to find the best formula as soon as possible to guarantee a solution for the country.”

Talks are continuing Friday to resolve the political rifts over austerity. Portugal is struggling to meet international bailout commitments.

Details of Coelho’s formula are expected to be unveiled by Monday, as eurozone ministers meet in Brussels.