Portugal’s ruling Socialist Occasion secured a parliamentary majority for less than the second time in historical past in Sunday’s snap election
Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa has declared victory after his Socialist Occasion secured 117 seats within the nation’s 230-seat Parliament, marking solely the second time in historical past the celebration has secured an outright majority.
“An absolute majority doesn’t imply absolute energy. It doesn’t imply to manipulate alone. It’s an elevated duty and it means to manipulate with and for all Portuguese,” Costa instructed supporters throughout his victory speech within the early hours of Monday morning.
The overall election was referred to as after Costa misplaced the assist of smaller events, stopping him from passing a finances. The celebration’s success comes as a shock, as polls forward of the election had proven the Socialist Occasion had misplaced assist.
The victory implies that Costa could have the flexibility to proceed with implementing a €16.6 billion ($18.7 billion) package deal of EU restoration funds that has been supplied to assist steer Portugal out of the Covid pandemic.
Alongside the financial assist, Costa has dedicated to different fiscal insurance policies, together with rising the minimal wage to €900 per 30 days ($1,005) and beginning a “nationwide dialog” about transferring to a four-day work week.
The snap election additionally noticed elevated assist for the far-right Chega celebration, which secured 12 seats and can change into the third largest celebration in parliament for the primary time.
Costa has said that, as prime minister, he will probably be open to partaking in dialogue with all political events, besides Chega, having taken subject with their political opinions.
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