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Center-right leader Luís Montenegro sworn in as Portuguese prime minister – POLITICO

Center-right leader Luís Montenegro sworn in as Portuguese prime minister – POLITICO

Montenegro additionally said his government would seek to present a comprehensive plan to fight corruption and make the Portuguese government more transparent. The announcement comes six months after his predecessor, António Costa, resigned after his official residence was raided by police in the midst of an influence-peddling probe. But it’s unclear how Montenegro’s Democratic Alliance coalition will pass the bills needed to make his promises a reality. While the center right narrowly won last month’s snap national election, it fell far short of securing the 116 seats required to form a governing majority in the Portuguese parliament. Meanwhile, the far-right Chega party performed above expectations to net 50 of the legislative body’s 230 seats. Because Montenegro has vowed to not make any deals with Chega, his Democratic Alliance will be obliged to seek support from the Socialist Party, which has governed the country for the past eight years. Piecemeal agreements between the country’s two largest parties appear possible. After Chega refused to back the center-right candidate to preside over the Portuguese parliament last week, Montenegro’s …

Portugal’s center-right leader invited to form government – POLITICO

Portugal’s center-right leader invited to form government – POLITICO

Rebelo de Sousa asked Montenegro to form a government early Thursday morning, following the confirmation of the final tally. The center-right politician is expected to unveil his Cabinet next week and be sworn in as prime minister on April 2. “We’re going to give young people hope, we’re going to have a strong economy and public services that respond to people’s problems,” Montenegro said on social media. “We’re going to deliver change.” March’s elections, which registered above-average turnout, were called after the abrupt resignation of the Socialist Party’s António Costa in the wake of an influence-peddling probe last fall. The election results were a blow for the socialists, who had their worst showing since 2011, while it was a victory for the populist Chega party, which is set to play a decisive role in Portugal’s political future. Neither left-wing nor center-right parties hold enough seats to form a governing majority in parliament, which means that in order to pass legislation, Montenegro will need to forge across-the-aisle deals or negotiate with Chega — something he has repeatedly vowed not …

Portuguese voters’ anger and what it means for Europe – POLITICO

Portuguese voters’ anger and what it means for Europe – POLITICO

Portugal’s snap election has brought seismic change — the Socialists are now in opposition and the center-right Democratic Alliance, which narrowly won the vote, will try to form a minority government. But the biggest shock came when the far-right, ultra-nationalist, anti-immigrant Chega won more than a million votes and became the third-largest party in parliament. In this episode of EU Confidential, host Sarah Wheaton is joined by POLITICO’s Aitor Hernández-Morales, Barbara Moens and Nicholas Vinocur to break down the results of the vote and discuss what the far-right surge in Portugal could mean for the future of the EU — with the European elections on the horizon and the race for top jobs underway. Later, POLITICO’s Stuart Lau interviews Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson after his country officially joined NATO. Further readings: Ursula von der Leyen’s reelection campaign gets off to a bumpy start – POLITICO Portugal’s far right comes roaring back – POLITICO Portugal swings right in knife-edge snap election – POLITICO Source link

Portugal’s Center Right Prepares to Rule; Far Right Warns of Instability

Portugal’s Center Right Prepares to Rule; Far Right Warns of Instability

lisbon, portugal —  Portugal’s center-right Democratic Alliance (AD) won Sunday’s general election by a slim margin and is preparing to govern without an outright majority as the far-right Chega warned of instability if it is not included in government. With 99.1% of the vote counted, the AD won 79 seats in the 230-seat legislature, followed by the Socialists with 77 seats, prompting the latter to concede defeat. Chega, meaning “enough,” came in third, quadrupling its parliamentary representation to 48 lawmakers after campaigning on a clean governance and anti-immigration platform. Chega voters said before the poll that Portugal was in a bad way, and they wanted changes in housing, education, health care and justice in Western Europe’s poorest country. AD leader Luis Montenegro told reporters Sunday that he expected President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to formally invite him to form a government. Rebelo de Sousa, who will meet with political parties from Tuesday until March 20, told the Expresso newspaper Friday that he would do everything he could to prevent Chega from gaining power. Those remarks …