Portugal's left-wing opposition topples minority government

Portugal's left-wing opposition parties topple country's minority government in parliamentary vote

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Nov 11, 2015

Portuguese left-wing opposition parties have toppled the country's center-right minority government by rejecting its programme in parliament only ten days after it was sworn in.

Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva is now expected to decide either to ask the Socialists to build a new government, or to let the incumbents to stay until the new elections while socialist leader Antonio Costa said his proposed coalition would "guarantee conditions of stable governance."

Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho accused the newly formed bloc comprising the Socialist Party , the Communists and their allies of forming an "unrealistic programme."

Referring to the unstable economic situation he said, “We are already paying the price for the uncertainty surrounding the issue of this debate."

Portugal went to polls in an election in October and a center-right coalition won the most votes while losing its overall majority.

A leftist bloc has now voted against the newly formed bloc with 123 to 107 votes which triggered its fall.

Pro and anti-government supporters rallied outside the parliament as the vote took place.

The current government has warned the left-wing alliance might lead to Portugal facing the same problems as Greece as Portugal was one of the countries that the crisis in the eurozone hit the most harshly and it accepted an international bailout in exchange for sweeping cuts.

TRTWorld and agencies