Tue. Jun 25th, 2024
Portugal’s Parliament Speaker Election Ends in Failure

In Portugal, the election for President of Parliament faced its third unsuccessful attempt on March 10th at the newly elected “Assembleia da República”. Despite all candidates failing to secure the necessary absolute majority of 116 votes, even in the final round of voting, MPs will reconvene on Wednesday to try again with the possibility for parties to nominate new candidates. This sets a challenging tone for the new Prime Minister of Portugal, Luis Montenegro, who leads the conservative alliance Democratic Alliance (AD).

At the constitutive meeting in Lisbon, José Pedro Aguiar-Branco, Montenegro’s candidate for President of Parliament, came in second with 88 votes, trailing behind Francisco Assis of the Socialist Party PS who received 90 votes. Although AD won the most votes in the recent election and Montenegro assumed the role of Prime Minister, his alliance only holds 80 out of 230 seats in the new parliament while PS lost 42 seats and now has 78 MPs. The rise of right-wing populist party Chega, led by André Ventura with over 50 seats, adds further complexity to governing.

Given that a “grand coalition” between conservatives and socialists is unlikely and Montenegro refuses to collaborate with Chega, governing is expected to be challenging. If Montenegro fails to secure a majority in an upcoming parliamentary vote on his government program, another election may be looming. As Montenegro prepares to present his cabinet on Thursday and officially take office on April 2nd, Portugal’s political landscape remains uncertain.

By Aiden Nguyen

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