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Portugal's PM names new deputy in deal to avert coalition collapse

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Portugal's prime minister said Saturday that foreign minister Paolo Portas, whose resignation this week sparked a political crisis, will remain in government and get a bigger role under a deal to hold the ruling coalition together. 

Portuguese outgoing foreign minister Paulo Portas (L) and Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho (R) attend a meeting to finalise a deal aimed at averting the breakup of their coalition government, after the resignations of two key ministers plunged the country into a political crisis, in Lisbon on July 6, 2013.

"I have proposed that Paolo Portas take on the post of deputy prime minister with the responsibility of coordinating economic policies and relations with the 'troika' of Portugal's creditors," said Pedro Passos Coelho in a press conference alongside Portas.

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