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Portuguese Prime Minister resigns amid rising social protests
24 March 2011
Prime Minister José Sócrates resigned yesterday, after all five opposition parties rejected the budget presented by his minority Socialist Party (PS) government. The budget included huge spending cuts, tax increases and a freeze on pensions intended to prevent Portugal from seeking a bailout like those granted to Ireland and Greece last year.
Sócrates said he would remain in office in a caretaker capacity: “The country will not be without a government. The government will continue to fulfil all its duties as a caretaker government.”
President Aníbal Cavaco Silva could now call a snap election within two months. However, the Portuguese constitution mandates a waiting period of at least 55 days between the calling of snap polls and when the elections are in fact held. Silva issued a statement declaring that he would not call for polls at least until tomorrow.
Until now, the minority PS government functioned with the tacit support of “opposition” parties like the PSD, which refrained from exercising their option of blocking the PS’s policies in the legislature. The right-wing Social Democratic Party (PSD) had abstained in previous votes on the austerity measures, allowing the minority PS government to pass them.
This time the PSD decided to vote against, declaring that “a broad government coalition” is needed to force the necessary austerity measures through.
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