Portugal opposition says 'Martian invasion' needed for coalition deal

Social Democratic Party leader and Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho celebrates with supporters in Lisbon after winning the general elections on October 4, 2015Portugal’s Socialist opposition leader said it would take a “Martian invasion” to convince him to join a coalition government, after the ruling centre-right bloc fell short of outright election victory. Pedro Passos Coelho’s “Portugal Ahead” coalition notched up 38.6 percent of the vote in Sunday’s ballot, short of an absolute majority, leaving him needing support from other parties to govern. President Anibal Cavaco Silva on Tuesday tasked Passos Coelho with forming a “stable and lasting government”, but in a stark indication of the challenges facing the 51-year-old, Socialist leader Antonio Costa scoffed at the idea of a deal.

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