LISBON, July 12 Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro
Passos Coelho said on Friday he is committed to reaching a
cross-party deal with his junior coalition partner and the
opposition Socialists to resolve a political crisis as requested
by the country's president.
"The president's words must be heard...let us reach a deal
that matches everyone's wish, which is to conclude successfully
the adjustment programme by June 2014," he told parliament.
Portugal's president threw the bailed-out euro zone country
into disarray this week after rejecting a plan by the premier to
heal a coalition rift, igniting what critics called a "time
bomb" by calling for early elections next year.
The resignation of the finance and foreign ministers last
week triggered a crisis in the ruling coalition that has
threatened to derail Portugal's plans for a smooth exit from it
78-billion-euro bailout in June 2014.