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Portugal's president considers snap election after spat in coalition gov't triggers crisis

Portugal's president is holding two days of consultations with the country's political parties before deciding whether to call a snap election.

The resignation of two key ministers last week left the center-right coalition government on the verge of collapse, and opposition parties are demanding elections two years ahead of the scheduled ballot.

Instead, President Anibal Cavaco Silva could give his blessing to the prime minister's proposal for a Cabinet reshuffle intended to restore harmony between the squabbling coalition partners.

The finance minister and foreign minister quit last week in a dispute over debt-cutting measures the country is required to enact in return for its 78 billion euros ($100 billion) two years ago.

The head of state was due to begin consultations with party leaders on Monday.

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