Portugal Communists ready to back government with Socialists

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 21, 2015 6:21 AM

LISBON (Reuters) - The head of Portugal's Communist Party said on Wednesday there exists a majority on the left that is ready to form a government as an alternative to the center-right.

"From our point of view there is another government solution that blocks the (center-right) Social Democrats and CDS from forming a government," Communist leader Jeronimo de Sousa told reporters after meeting President Anibal Cavaco Silva.

Socialist leader Antonio Costa is attempting to form a leftist government together with the Communists and Left Bloc after the outgoing center-right government won the most votes but fell short of a majority in an Oct. 4 election.

(Reporting By Axel Bugge, editing by Andrei Khalip)