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US News new elections in Portugal in January

00:50  05 november  2021
00:50  05 november  2021 Source:   dw.com

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The Portuguese President Rebelo de Sousa has set forward parliamentary elections for the 30th of January. Previously, the government of Prime Minister Costa failed to put a household on his legs.

Portugals Präsident Marcelo Rebero de Sousa verkündet vorgezogene Neuwahlen für Ende Januar © Pedro Fuza / Zuma / Picture Alliance Portugal President Marcelo Rebero de Sousa announces early elections for the end of January

The defeat for Prime Minister Antonio Costa had signed . The socialist head of government since 2015 has not owned its own majority in Parliament, but is in votes or abstentions of Members of other parties. So far he was able to build on the support left parties.

Das portugiesische Parlament wird sich auflösen und Ende Januar neu gewählt © Armando Franca / AP / Picture Alliance The Portuguese Parliament will resolve and reclaimed at the end of January

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EU aid as a dispute object

But in the presentation of the new budget for the coming year, the deputies of the left block and the communists had together with the Conservative opposition voted against the draft budget. Thus, the 108 votes of the Socialist Party (PS) of Costa 117 were towards votes, five parliamentarians contained.

The reason for the refusal of the budget was mainly the dispute over the EU's billion-heavy corona help. Communists had demanded more relief for private households and more public services.

Mit dem Etat gescheitert, aber trotzdem bereit für einen neuen Versuch: Portugals Ministerpräsident Antonio Costa © Pedro Nunes / Reuters failed with the budget, but still ready for a new attempt: Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa

Costa tries again

Then the Presidential Office had announced preparations for the dissolution of Parliament. This step has now implemented President Marcelo Rebero de Sousa into action. In a television address, he announced that the approximately ten million eligible voters should choose a new parliament on 30 January. Actually, the legislature period would have ended only in the fall of 2023.

Prespoint Costa, which excluded a resignation, announced announced his camp in the election campaign.

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