Portugal's post-election political horse-trading has got off to a false start, with leaders of the main parties stuck waiting for each other to come up with proposals for a stable government.

The center-right coalition government of the past four years and the main opposition center-left Socialist Party held more than two hours of talks Friday.

The Socialists said after the talks they received just "vague ideas," while the government said the Socialist Party presented no demands.

They meet again next week.

The government collected most votes in Sunday's general election but lost its majority in Parliament, where it will be outnumbered by left-of-center lawmakers. The government wants to abide by a German-inspired model of economic austerity whereas its opponents want to ease or end austerity.