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ESFS head Klaus Regling gets ready to wave goodbye to Portugal... AP Photo/Yves Logghe

Guess who's getting closer to the end of their bailout too?

Portugal received its penultimate tranche in rescue loans today.

THE EUROZONE HAS today approved the disbursement of €3.7 billion in rescue loans to Portugal, taking Lisbon’s bailout to its final stage, the EFSF said in a statement.

“After a couple of years of intense adjustment and tremendous efforts by its people, Portugal reaches now the decisive phase towards regaining market access,” said European Financial Stability Facility head Klaus Regling.

“This goal is within reach,” he underlined.

With a final €1.2 billion still to be disbursed, the EFSF said the €78-billion financial assistance programme for Portugal “will have been completed by the middle of 2014″.

The disbursement was approved five days after euro finance ministers announced that Ireland (€85 billion) and Spain (€41 billion) would exit their sovereign and banking bailouts in December and in January respectively, without any credit line.

- © AFP, 2013

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