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Absolute majorities like the one we have now are basically a "carte blanche".
Even with a split parliament like this, since the biggest party has more deputies then all the opposition together, they do what they want, whithin the confines of the constitution and ideally according to their ellectoral platform. After 4 years, the voters have theor saying, of course.

When you dont have one single party or cohalition in these conditios things become more negotiated.
Minority governments tend to be short lived, though, like happened with Barroso, and his successor, Santana Lopes.

by Torres on Tue May 30th, 2006 at 01:24:06 PM EST
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