Portugal president accepts new government line-up amid uncertainty

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Posted: Oct 27, 2015 8:55 AM

LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva has accepted the line-up of a new center-right government formed by premier Pedro Passos Coelho following an inconclusive election on Oct. 4, the presidency said on Tuesday.

Maria Luis Albuquerque who has served as finance minister since mid-2013, will keep the portfolio in the new cabinet, along with most other ministers.

Portugal's main opposition Socialists last week pledged to topple the center-right minority government with a no-confidence motion. Coelho was named prime minister on Thursday after his coalition won the most votes in the national election but lost its majority in parliament, which swung to leftist parties.

The presidency added, in a statement, that the new ministers will be sworn in on Friday.

(Reporting By Andrei Khalip, editing by Shrikesh Laxmidas)