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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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