Parliament Speaker Election in Portugal Unsuccessful

The election for President of Parliament in Portugal failed at its third attempt, highlighting the 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. The government is scheduled to take office on April 2nd. With the Democratic Alliance holding 80 seats and the Socialists with 78 seats governing is expected to be difficult.

However, there are additional challenges ahead for Montenegro as he navigates a complex political landscape. The right-wing populist party Chega led by André Ventura gained over 50 seats and will pose further challenges for him as he tries to form a government coalition with conservatives or socialists. However, as a coalition between conservatives and socialists is unlikely and Montenegro rejects working with Chega governing may be even more complex. Failure to secure a majority in parliamentary vote on government program could lead to another election. Ultimately it remains uncertain how Portugal will move forward as parties navigate these challenges of forming a stable government.

By Riley Johnson

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