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"The Socialists and two leftist parties quickly showed that they control the most votes when parliament reopened on Friday, electing a Socialist speaker of the house and rejecting the centre-right candidate.

"This is the first institutional expression of the election results," Mr Costa said. "In this election of speaker, parliament showed unequivocally the majority will of the Portuguese for a change in our democracy."

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/portugal-left-vows-to-topple-government-with-no-confiden ce-vote-1.2404969

So this should be a clear situation

by IM on Sun Oct 25th, 2015 at 08:14:23 AM EST
From what I read, the president can still leave the current conservative prime minister in office. No matter what.
by rz on Sun Oct 25th, 2015 at 11:20:26 AM EST
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Fortunately the President's term expires in March. How is his replacement chosen?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Oct 28th, 2015 at 09:13:45 AM EST
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There is a Presidential election early next year. (Wiki)

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 Wed Oct 28th, 2015 at 10:21:49 AM EST
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