"An IMF report shows an apparent concern about excessive austerity," said Social Democrat spokesman Marco Antonio Costa.
"What I see is institutional hypocrisy on behalf of the IMF because these are reports underlying their concern, but then at the negotiating table … their attitude shows little flexibility."
Conditions Portugal Must Meet
Under the rules of the 2011 bailout, Portugal must cut its budget deficit to 5.5% of GDP in 2013 from 6.4% in 2012 and then just 4% in 2014.
These tough measures have been challenged by Deputy Prime Minister Paulo Portas, a member of CDS-PP junior coalition party.
Portas said that the government will try and persuade the creditors to ease the 2014 goal, which was relaxed for a second time in March 2013 to 4.5% of GDP.
The economy of Portugal grew in the second quarter of 2013 grew after 10 straight quarters of decline yet it is still expected to shrink by 2% over the whole of 2013. — (IBTimes)