Portuguese minority government takes office ahead of predicted collapse

Published: Friday 30th October 2015 by The News Editor

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Portugal’s centre-right coalition government has taken office, starting the countdown to its likely collapse in 11 days.

The government of the past four years won a general election on October 4 with 38% of the vote, but centre-left parties that fiercely oppose its austerity policies together collected 62%.

They are vowing to use their majority in parliament to force the government’s resignation in a vote scheduled for November 10, and then take power themselves.

That would make the current government the country’s briefest ever, bringing concerns about whether Portugal will remain committed to the fiscal discipline required of eurozone countries.

Debt-heavy Portugal is still recovering from its 78 billion euro (£56 billion) bailout in 2011, when it was engulfed by the eurozone financial crisis.

Published: Friday 30th October 2015 by The News Editor

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