Portugal PM seeks to fend off tax controversy

Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho arrives in Brussels on December 18, 2014Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho on Wednesday sought to calm a storm over his late payment of taxes and social security contributions as protesters shouted for him to resign. Passos Coelho, speaking before parliament, acknowledged oversights but said he had dealt with the issues revealed in press reports in late February. Passos Coelho, prime minister since 2011, was twice interrupted by protesters in the gallery who yelled for him to resign before they were escorted away. Media reports last month said Passos Coelho had not paid his social security contributions for five years between 1999 and 2004, while he worked as a consultant for vocational training company Tecnoforma.

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