Meanwhile, the President negotiated with the chairmen of the minor parties, he will speak with the heads of parliament in the evening. However, I will announce my decision on the next course of action no later than the fourth session of the State Council, which is its highest advisory body.
The members of the opposition came up with the idea that, given the current situation, the Portuguese should go to the polls again. However, the Socialist Party (PS) has a victory in the parliament after the Polish elections, and that is why, after the resignation of Costa, the president welcomed the formation of the cabinet of another of his representatives.
The PS’s closest rival is the Social Democratic Party led by Luso Montenegr. According to polls, if the Social Democrats would most likely have to form a government coalition with the ever-growing far-right party Chega, which ended up in this place in the last election. Montenegro told the newspaper that he would like to cooperate with Chega, but according to the newspaper Politico, this party should be a dwarf first.
Forty-two-year-old Costa has held the position of Prime Minister of Portugal since 2015, the day around his resignation was announced by the newspapers in the cities as a political earthquake and a bombshell. Antnio Costa went down in Portuguese political history as the first former head of government involved in a criminal case, wrote the Pblico newspaper.
Police searched 40 places on Tuesday, including Costa’s official residence and the offices of the ministries of infrastructure and the environment. The incidents are related to corruption in those large energy and industrial projects, in which it concerns lithium mining and the production of vodka from renewable sources.
Costa has a strong conscience and intends to cooperate with the investigators. But the Minister of Infrastructure, Joao Galamba, was accused, and Vtor Escria, detained in Costa’s office.
Who’s ahead in the polls in Portugal?
Our current poll of polls:
PS: 30% (-12)
PSD: 26% (-1)
CH: 13% (+6)
BE: 7% (+2)
IL: 5% (=)
PCP-PEV: 5% (=)
+/- vs. 2022 result
Jan 10, 2023 at 7:04 p.m., pspvek archived: November 8, 2023 at 3:24 p.m.