Portugal's leftists agree alliance in threat to new govt

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva (R) watches Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho speak during the swearing ceremony of the new government at Ajuda palace in Lisbon October 30, 2015Portugal’s centre-right government looked doomed Friday as the main opposition Socialists formed an unprecedented alliance with the far left and appeared set to take over, putting the country on a path to ending austerity. The prospect of a new government backed by the Left Bloc — which is close to Greece’s anti-austerity Syriza — and the radical Communists raised concern in Europe, even though the Socialist Party (PS) has insisted that “Portugal will respect its international commitments” whoever takes the reins. Together, the Socialists (PS), Communists and their allies hold 122 seats out of 230 in Portugal’s parliament — giving them the majority needed to push through a vote on Tuesday which would force the government to resign.

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