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Portugal's President to nominate Prime Minister after post-election talks break down


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Portugal's President to nominate Prime Minister after post-election talks break down

Portugal’s caretaker prime minister says he expects the president to give the go-ahead to his centre-right coalition to form a new government.

Analysts, however, are warning of a political crisis.

Pedro Passos Coelho’s grouping won the most votes in the legislative election on October 4th, but fell short of a parliamentary majority.

A minority centre-right government would need support, or at least abstention, from the Socialists to pass laws in parliament. But talks between the groupings have broken down.

There has been a period of intense but inconclusive political horse-trading since the election.

It now falls to President Anibal Cavaco Silva to nominate a Prime Minister.

The possibility of a change of administration or even a political vacuum is conjuring up uncertainty in Portugal as it recovers from its debt crisis.

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