New Portugal PM forms government

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LISBON: Portugal’s new prime minister, Antonio Costa, on Wednesday formed a new government that will have to pull off a tricky balancing act, satisfying both Brussels and his allies on the radical left. Costa was named prime minister on Tuesday at the head of a new Socialist administration, ending more than seven weeks of political turmoil in Portugal after inconclusive elections. Portugal’s center-right bloc won the most seats in elections on October 4, but lost its absolute majority. In a dramatic parliamentary vote on November 11, the Socialists teamed up in an unprecedented alliance with the Communists, Greens and Left Bloc to topple the 11-day-old conservative minority government — the shortest in Portugal’s history.

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