Portuguese president calls for unity against economic crisis

10:32, April 28, 2011      

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Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva Wednesday called on the country's political forces to unite against the economic crisis.

The appeal came after the Portuguese parliament rejected a set of measures to cut deficit, forcing the government to resign. The country will have national elections on June 5.

"Beyond the country divisions, there should be a patriotic commitment to unity that should unite the Portuguese people," said a message posted on the Facebook page of the Portuguese presidency.

"Different ideas should not prevent from unity in what is essential for the country," it added.

Pedro Passos Coelho, leader of the center-right main opposition party PSD, said Tuesday that Portugal does not need a National Union, the name of the only allowed party during the 1926-1974 Portuguese dictatorship. He blames the government for the economic situation and for the country's need to recur to an IMF intervention.

In response, Socialist Prime Minister Jose Socrates said that his party is willing to negotiate with all the opposition leaders in order to find a way out to the current economic and political crisis.

Source: Xinhua
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