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Portugal: coalition junior party meet to decide next moves

Portugal: coalition junior party meet to decide next moves
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Portugal’s embattled Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho has vowed to overcome the difficulties which have rocked the country’s government. His statement comes 24 hours before he meets with President Anibal Cavaco Silva for crisis talks.

Under the constitution the president can dissolve parliament and act to mediate in a political crisis.

The resignation of the Foreign Minister, Paulo Portas, the leader of the ruling coalition’s junior partner and the prime minister’s subsequent refusal to accept it sparked the political crisis.

The next move by Portas’s CDS-PP party could be crucial. Members are meeting in Lisbon discuss their relationship with the prime minister’s party. If they decide to quit the coalition then the government will lose its majority.

Portuguese media has reported two more ministers are set to resign.

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