'No progress' as Portuguese parties seek coalition deal

Leader of the Social Democratic Party and acting Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho is welcomed by Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa (R), and Carlos Cesar (C) in Lisbon on October 13, 2015Talks on forming a new Portuguese coalition government have made no progress more than a week after the general election, outgoing conservative prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho admitted Tuesday after a meeting with opposition Socialist leader Antonio Costa. “We have made no progress” a visibly frustrated Coelho told reporters, as his Portugal Ahead coalition seeks partners to form a majority government. “I expect the Socialist Party to come up with a counter-proposal,” he added, without announcing any later meeting.

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