Le Premier ministre a meme assure qu'il tenterait de surmonter la crise avec le CDS-PP
afin de preserver la stabilite politique du pays.
Coelho's decision puts the responsibility for the government's survival squarely on the shoulders of Portas, who now has to decide whether to stay in his post or pull his rightist CDS-PP
party out of the coalition.
Expresso weekly newspaper on Saturday quoted CDS-PP
leader and Foreign Minister Paulo Portas as saying: "I will not throw the country into an irresponsible political crisis, nor will I strip the CDS of its identity".
Cavaco Silva said the coalition government remained in office but he rejected a proposed cabinet reshuffle by the ruling Social Democrats and their junior coalition partner, the rightist CDS-PP party.
The crisis was sparked by the resignation of Foreign Minister Paulo Portas last week, threatening the continuation of the government as Portas leads the rightist junior coalition party, the CDS-PP.
Paulo Portas heads the conservative-nationalist CDS-PP
, Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho's smaller coalition partner, without whose support the centre-right premier would lose his absolute majority in parliament.
If confirmed the PSD would fall short of an absolute majority in the 230-seat parliament but they could govern in coalition with the third-place conservative CDS-PP
party as they have several times in the past.
Political analysts expect the Social Democrats to revive their coalition with the smaller right-wing CDS-PP
party, after a possible election, to guarantee a full majority in parliament.
His decision came after several media reports said two more ministers from the junior ruling coalition party were ready to quit and follow their CDS-PP
party leader Paulo Portas who tendered his resignation as foreign minister on Tuesday.
The PSD would have an absolute majority if it joined forces with the conservative-nationalist CDS-PP
, which had nearly 11 per cent of the vote.
The main groups, particularly the Socialist Party which has absolute majority, the Social Democrat Party (right), and the CDS-PP
(right) approved the treaty, while the Communist Party, the Greens and the Left Bloc (extreme left), which had demanded a referendum, rejected it.