Portugal’s Political Struggle: A Failed Parliamentary Election and the Uncertain Future of Governing

Parliament Speaker Election in Portugal Unsuccessful

On March 10th, the election of the President of Parliament in Portugal failed at its third attempt, highlighting deep political rifts within the newly elected “Assembleia da Republica.” At the constitutive meeting in Lisbon, all candidates fell short of the required absolute majority of 116 votes, even in the last round of voting. The candidates will reconvene to try again, with parties able to nominate new candidates.

The new Prime Minister, Luis Montenegro of the Democratic Alliance, faces a challenging term in office. His candidate for President of Parliament, José Pedro Aguiar-Branco, came in second in the third vote, behind Francisco Assis of the Socialist Party. With Chega, a right-wing populist party led by André Ventura gaining over 50 seats and narrowly missing its own majority, governing is expected to be difficult.

The failure to secure a majority in the parliamentary vote on government program could lead to another election. The political landscape in Portugal remains uncertain as parties navigate challenges such as forming a government without working with Chega or as a coalition between conservatives and socialists.

Sophia Reynolds

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