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Portugal’s Unstable Political Landscape: New Challenges for the Government

BySamantha Jones

Mar 27, 2024
Parliament Speaker Election in Portugal Unsuccessful

The election of Portugal’s President of Parliament failed at the third attempt, highlighting deep political divisions within the newly elected “Assembleia da Republica” on March 10th. At the constitutive meeting in Lisbon, all candidates fell short of the necessary absolute majority of 116 votes, even in the last round of voting. MPs 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.

Despite winning the most votes in the election and being appointed head of government by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Montenegro is facing further challenges due to Chega’s rise. The right-wing populist party gained over 50 seats and is likely to complicate governing even more as a coalition between conservatives and socialists is unlikely and Montenegro refuses to work with Chega. Failure to secure a majority in the parliamentary vote on the government program could lead to another election. As parties navigate these challenges, uncertainty remains in Portugal’s political landscape as it attempts to form a stable government.

The election results have exposed deep divisions within Portugal’s political parties and have led to uncertainty regarding how they will govern together moving forward. Despite winning a slim majority in this year’s general election, the Socialist Party has been unable to maintain their hold on power due to their narrowly missing out on an absolute majority in this vote for president of parliament.

The Democratic Alliance has emerged as a strong force in Portuguese politics following this year’s election and will be expected to play a key role in shaping government policy moving forward. With Chega also gaining significant influence and backing from voters who are dissatisfied with current political leaders and policies.

As politicians work together or separately towards forming a government that can bring stability back into Portuguese politics, it remains uncertain what kind of solutions they will come up with that can satisfy all sides involved.

By Samantha Jones

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