Portugal Socialist Leader Antonio Costa Named Prime Minister

Antonio Costa, leader of Socialist party (PS) and new prime minister, attends an election campaign event in Barcelos, Portugal Sept. 27, 2015. | Photo: Reuters

The new government is expected to be sworn in this week as the leftist parties vowed to scale back on privatization and end austerity.

Portuguese Leftist leader Antonio Costa was named as prime minister by President Anibal Cavaco Silva, allowing the leftist coalition in the parliament to form government and ending weeks of political crisis in the country.

“I always deliver more than I promise,” Costa said, pointing to his record as mayor of Lisbon, where he was elected three times, with a bigger majority each time. His leftist coalition includes the Socialist Party (PS), the Left Bloc Party and far-left Communists.

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