Recent elections in Portugal have given rise to a minority conservative government, but a few left-wing parties have also made inroads. Political instability is growing.
- Monday, 19 October 2015
The governing coalition, which includes Passos Coelho’s own Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the right-wing CDS-PP, held onto power in the polls despite having implemented unpopular austerity policies. The weak victory was assisted by an improving economy. Passos Coelho’s coalition went into the elections having raised taxes while cutting public spending but argued during the campaign that the country was beginning to see the fruits of those measures with a gradual return to growth after three years of recession.