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Portuguese PM admit's party's defeat at elections

Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho delivers a speech after the results of Portugal local elections in Lisbon, on September 29, 2013

Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho delivers a speech after the results of Portugal local elections in Lisbon, on September 29, 2013  (AFP)

Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho admitted his conservative Social Democrat party's "national defeat" in municipal polls Sunday, as voters vented their frustrations at the government's austerity programme.

"We had the goal of retaining the majority of town halls but that didn't happen," Passos Coelho said, congratulating the opposition Socialists for their "significant victory."

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