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Portugal's political feuds heat up as parties await president's decision on next government

Portugal's outgoing prime minister is demanding changes to the Constitution to allow an early general election but the Socialist leader who forced him out is saying no.

Outgoing center-right Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho said late Thursday a new ballot would remove any suspicion of misrepresentation in his removal from power by a leftist alliance of anti-austerity lawmakers led by the Socialist Party.

The unprecedented alliance, formed after an Oct. 4 general election, used its parliamentary majority to unseat the government in a vote Tuesday. That left the Portuguese president to decide whether to invite Socialist leader Antonio Costa to take power or install a caretaker government.

The Portuguese Constitution says a new ballot cannot be held for six months.