World

Portugal gets new officials for a govt likely to be short-lived in face of opposition

  • Members of parliament vote to elect the national assembly's president during its first session, Friday, Oct. 23 2015, following the Oct. 4 general elections. The incumbent center-right government collected most votes but lost its outright majority in Parliament. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

    Members of parliament vote to elect the national assembly's president during its first session, Friday, Oct. 23 2015, following the Oct. 4 general elections. The incumbent center-right government collected most votes but lost its outright majority in Parliament. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)  (The Associated Press)

  • Antonio Costa, center, leader of the Portuguese Socialist Party, chats with members of parliament during the national assembly's first session, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, following the Oct. 4 general election. Costa, who has been negotiating the creation of a left-of-center majority government, accused President Anibal Cavaco Silva of triggering "a pointless political crisis" by inviting incumbent Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho to form a minority government. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

    Antonio Costa, center, leader of the Portuguese Socialist Party, chats with members of parliament during the national assembly's first session, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, following the Oct. 4 general election. Costa, who has been negotiating the creation of a left-of-center majority government, accused President Anibal Cavaco Silva of triggering "a pointless political crisis" by inviting incumbent Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho to form a minority government. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)  (The Associated Press)

  • Antonio Costa, left, leader of the Portuguese Socialist Party, chats with members of parliament during the national assembly's first session, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, following the Oct. 4 general elections.  Costa, who has been negotiating the creation of a left-of-center majority government, accused President Anibal Cavaco Silva of triggering "a pointless political crisis" by inviting Incumbent Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho to form a minority government. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

    Antonio Costa, left, leader of the Portuguese Socialist Party, chats with members of parliament during the national assembly's first session, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, following the Oct. 4 general elections. Costa, who has been negotiating the creation of a left-of-center majority government, accused President Anibal Cavaco Silva of triggering "a pointless political crisis" by inviting Incumbent Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho to form a minority government. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)  (The Associated Press)

Portugal's prime minister has named his Cabinet for what could be one of the country's briefest governments ever.

Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho presented his list of senior government officials Tuesday to the Portuguese head of state for formal approval. They were to be sworn in Friday, after which the center-right coalition government has 10 days to present its four-year policy program to Parliament.

Center-left parties have more votes in Parliament than the minority government and have vowed to reject the program, forcing the government's resignation.

The moderate Socialist Party is negotiating the creation of a majority government with the Communist Party and the radical Left Bloc following a general election on Oct. 4.

They campaigned against the austerity measures that followed Portugal's 78 billion-euro ($86 billion) bailout in 2011.