Portuguese president Aníbal Cavaco Silva: described a Socialist-Communist-BE coalition as “a clearly inconsistent alternative” which threatened to undermine the economy. Photograph: Manuel De Almeida/EPA.

An upcoming parliamentary vote is expected to reject the government programme of prime minister-elect Pedro Passos Coelho, extending a political crisi(...)

The general election result was a clear victory for prime minister and Social Democratic party leader Pedro Passos Coelho but the coalition no longer controls parliament. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

“A right-wing government in a left-wing parliament,” was the headline in Jornal de Notícias newspaper following Sunday’s Portuguese general election. (...)

Portugal’s president Anibal Cavaco Silva makes a statement to the media at Belem Palace in Lisbon. Photograph:  Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Portugal’s political crisis deepened today after the president rejected a plan to heal a government rift and critics accused him of igniting a “time b(...)

Lisbon resignations

Fears that Portugal will not be able to leave its €78 billion bailout next year without another tranche of international help, and that it may be forc(...)

Portugese prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho said his government would have to introduce “important cuts” in expenditure on social security, health and education. Photograph: Reuters/José Manuel Ribeiro

Portugal’s prime minister has promised further cuts in government spending after the country’s constitutional court rejected austerity measures(...)