October 15, 2015 / 11:55 AM / 2 years ago

Portugal President to meet party leaders Oct 20-21 on new government

LISBON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva will meet the leaders of the main political parties for consultations on forming a new government on Oct. 20 and 21, the presidency said in a statement on Thursday.

The president has to nominate the new prime minister after an inconclusive election on Oct. 4 where the centre-right ruling coalition obtained the most votes but lost its parliament majority. The second-placed centre-left Socialists are negotiating a possible majority government with two left-wing parties, adding to political uncertainty.

Reporting By Andrei Khalip, editing by Axel Bugge

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