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Portugal's Passos Coelho tasked with forming new government

Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho (L) speaks with Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva during their meeting at Belem Presidential palace in Lisbon on October 6, 2015Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva on Tuesday tasked centre-right leader Pedro Passos Coelho with forming a “stable and lasting government” after his coalition won reelection at the weekend. “I have asked Mr Passos Coelho to take steps to evaluate the possibility of forming a government which will ensure political stability,” he said in a televised speech, saying it was crucial that Portugal have a “stable and lasting government”. Passos Coelho’s “Portugal Ahead” coalition notched up 38.6 percent of the vote in Sunday’s election, despite overseeing four years of painful austerity measures imposed in order for the debt-hit country to receive an international bailout.

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