Passos Coelho, the prime minister, refused to accept Portas's resignation and appealed for talks which began Wednesday night.Passos Coelho met Thursday with President Anibal Cavaco Silva, who has to endorse any change in the Cabinet. Passos Coelho didn't reveal how the negotiations were going but said his coalition partner had given him assurances it didn't want to prolong the political instability.
Portugal Politicians In Talks Over Gov't Future
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