John Berrigan is the new troika mission chief for Portugal. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) also said it was replacing Abebe Selassie with Subir Lall.
New legislation governing public sector workers, which also includes capping their unemployment benefit rights, still requires rubber stamping by President Aníbal Cavaco Silva. Public sector trade unions protest outside parliament.
The Prime Minister has again insisted that Portugal needs a spirit of union and had admitted that the nation has a very high tax regime.
The second session of the legislature ends on Tuesday with the (guaranteed) approval of a confidence vote for the PSD/CDS-PP coalition government.
Pedro Passos Coelho backs his Minister of Finance Maria Luís Albuquerque despite an ongoing furore over how much she may have known about swap financial transactions at state companies.
The Barack Obama administration announced late on Thursday that Robert A. Sherman will be the next United States Ambassador to Portugal.
President Aníbal Cavaco Silva will swear in the new secretaries of state on Friday who are the last names to be announced following the midweek government reshuffle.
In a letter sent to companies, the recently appointed deputy prime Minister says that he will take on the coordination of economic policy and that the internationalisation of the Portuguese economy “is being strengthened with foreign policy priorities aimed at pushing Portugal’s companies and products overseas”.
Portuguese Fernando Frutuoso de Melo was appointed director general of development and cooperation, the largest EC directorate on Wednesday.
The junior coalition CDS-PP party has increased its power in the Government as its leader Paulo Portas becomes deputy Prime Minister and the new minister of Economy is a businessman close to Portas. The new members take office late on Wednesday.