Left-wing alliance seeks to topple Portugal minority government

Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho (C), flanked by ministers, takes part in a debate at the Parliament in Lisbon on November 9, 2015Portugal’s left-wing opposition alliance looks set to topple the country’s centre-right minority government Tuesday in a crucial parliamentary vote barely 10 days after it was sworn in. The vote comes as European fears mount over the prospect of a left-wing coalition taking power in a country still recovering after receiving a 78-billion-euro ($87-billion) bailout in exchange for strict austerity measures, and with investors concerned over the political crisis. Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, whose centre-right coalition won the most votes in last month’s elections but lost the absolute majority it had enjoyed since 2011, warned the rival bloc’s policies would “ruin Portugal” in remarks on the eve of the vote.

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