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Pressed by various PS factions, António Costa decided to meet all the other parties.
I don't know about Portuguese constitutional convention, but President Cavaco decided to give Passos Coelho the mandate to form a government without first meeting any of the other party leaders.

From my point of view that was an unnecessary snub of the opposition, and a faux-pas on the part of Cavaco. That happened before Costa decided to meet all the other party leaders on his own.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 9th, 2015 at 11:05:04 AM EST
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Costa decided to meet all the parties before that, but in the end this is only a detail. The mandate given by the President is not enforcing - it is just a letter of intentions, so to say.

If Passos Coelho fails to assemble a supporting majority in Parliament, the only way for the President to force a right-led government is through new elections. As explained in the main post, since Cavaco is now in his last 6 months in office this is something he can no longer do.

You might find me At The Edge Of Time.

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Fri Oct 9th, 2015 at 11:17:31 AM EST
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