In the swings and roundabouts of public life in Portugal, the on-going economic crisis has produced another political one.
If the present government collapses, which suddenly looks likely, there is no guarantee that an alternative one will fare any better. The country is in turmoil.
As of today in a fast changing scenario, President Aníbal Cavaco Silva is challenged with brokering a deal that will hold the government together and avert the need for another snap election.
The last Socialist government of José Sócrates was forced to quit in 2011 when all opposition parties rejected proposed spending cuts and tax increases as too excessive.
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