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Center-Right Coalition Takes Government Reins

April 07, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Portugal's president swore in the center-right coalition government of Prime Minister Jose Durao Barroso, who has promised to revive the country's economy by cutting corporate taxes and the government deficit.

Durao Barroso holds a slim majority of support in the 230-seat parliament after elections last month, with his Social Democratic Party's 105 legislators and the 14 seats of the allied conservative Popular Party. The Popular Party has been given three Cabinet posts.

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