Portugal PM says confident political rift will be overcome

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Posted: Jul 03, 2013 12:05 PM
Portugal PM says confident political rift will be overcome

BERLIN (Reuters) - Portugal's Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho expects to quickly overcome an internal political crisis in his ruling coalition that risks triggering a snap election and derailing bailed out Lisbon's return to market financing.

"I am confident that we will be able to surpass this difficulty... I hope this internal crisis can be overcome very quickly," he told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday, reiterating that he would not step down.

(Reporting By Andrei Khalip and Stephen Brown)