March 10, 2011 / 7:00 PM / 6 years ago

Portugal parliament rejects no-confidence motion

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LISBON, March 10 (Reuters) - Portugal's parliament rejected a no-confidence motion against the minority Socialist government on Thursday as the main opposition Social Democrats (PSD), abstained in the largely symbolic vote, as expected.

The motion, proposed by the small Left Bloc party in protest against the government's painful austerity drive amid a debt crisis, needed more than a half of the votes in the 230-seat parliament to succeed, but only 32 lawmakers backed it.

The centre-right PSD, which has supported the government's austerity measures designed to soothe investor concerns over Portugal's creditworthiness, had said earlier it would not back the motion, calling it an act of political opportunism.

Reporting by Andrei Khalip and Shrikesh Laxmidas

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