‘Cavaco Silva imposes presidential solution’

Published on 11 July 2013 at 09:00

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Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva on July 10 called on the ruling coalition of the social democratic PSD [center-right] and right-wing CDS-PP parties to reach an agreement with the opposition Socialists in order to implement measures that would allow Portugal to return to the financial markets in early 2014, notes Público. The three parties, that signed the memorandum with the troika, must also reach an agreement “on holding early elections after the end of the country’s international bailout in June 2014”, the president said.

In order to overcome last week’s political crisis, the president considers there must be a “commitment to national salvation” and that the coalition government should remain in office with full powers.

Público writes in its editorial that Cavaco Silva

decided to take power, and imposed an agenda to the three parties in the axis of governance, as if they did not have the legitimacy of the vote. The consequences of this gesture are unpredictable.

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