Portugal PM says could be in opposition from next week

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 06, 2015 6:47 AM

LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho said on Friday he may end up in opposition next week in his first public recognition that his government could be ousted by the leftist majority in parliament.

"If I am not prime minister as of Tuesday it will be because the Socialists did not let me continue," he told reporters after meeting with lawmakers. "If I am potentially not in government but in opposition, I will assume my responsibilities."

Passos Coelho won the most votes in an Oct. 4 election but his coalition lost its majority in parliament, which swung to the left. Two leftist parties, together with the main opposition Socialists, have said they would reject Passos Coelho's government program in parliament, which would lead to the premier's resignation.

(Reporting By Shrikesh Laxmidas and Axel Bugge)