November 6, 2015 / 11:51 AM / 3 years ago

Portugal Communists reach joint position with Socialists on new government

LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal’s Communist Party said on Friday the conditions are now in place for the creation of a government led by the center-left Socialists and the ousting of the center-right from power.

Jeronimo de Sousa, leader of the Communist party (PCP), attends an election campaign event in Barreiro, Portugal October 2, 2015. REUTERS/Hugo Correia

The party said in a statement that it reached a joint position with the Socialists after a meeting on Wednesday, allowing the Socialists to form a lasting government.

The deal will ensure that the Socialists can lead a leftist, majority government after earlier ensuring the support of the Left Bloc, another small far left party.

Reporting By Axel Bugge, editing by Shrikesh Laxmidas

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