Portugal Faces Political Turmoil as New Parliament Fails to Elect President; Challenging Times Ahead for New Prime Minister Luis Montenegro

Portugal’s Parliament Speaker Election Ends in Failure

The election of the President of Parliament in Portugal faced a third unsuccessful attempt on March 10th, highlighting deep political divisions in the newly elected “Assembleia da República”. At the constitutive meeting in Lisbon, all candidates failed to secure the necessary absolute majority of 116 votes, even in the final round of voting. This situation sets a challenging tone for the new Prime Minister of Portugal, Luis Montenegro, who leads the conservative alliance Democratic Alliance (AD).

Montenegro’s candidate for President of Parliament, José Pedro Aguiar-Branco, came in second in the third vote with 88 votes, trailing behind Francisco Assis of the Socialist Party PS who received 90 votes. However, despite his victory in the recent election and leading a right-wing alliance, Montenegro’s refusal to collaborate with Chega and his party holding only 80 out of 230 seats adds further complexity to governing.

Given this situation, governing is expected to be challenging for Montenegro. If he fails to secure a majority in the upcoming parliamentary vote on his government program, another election may loom. As Montenegro prepares to present his cabinet on Thursday and takes office as Prime Minister on April 2nd, it remains uncertain what will happen next politically.

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