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Portuguese Parliament Faces Uncertainty in Election of President Amidst Coalition Talks

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Portugal’s Parliament Reconvenes to Elect President After Initial Vote Fails

The recent legislative elections in Portugal presented the new Portuguese Parliament with challenges in electing its president on Tuesday. Despite a close result in the March 10 elections, achieving an absolute majority for any candidate was difficult due to the complex configuration of the chamber.

In the final vote of the day, neither conservative candidate José Pedro Aguiar-Branco nor socialist candidate Francisco Assis secured the 116 votes required to be elected president. With Aguiar-Branco receiving 88 votes and Assis receiving 90 votes, temporary president Antonio Filipe announced that the session would be postponed until the following day for another attempt.

Despite delays and uncertainty surrounding the election, Filipe lightened the mood by joking that he would not be spending the night at the official residence until the next day. This prompted laughter from parliamentarians as proceedings began at 10:00 a.m., concluding after 11:00 p.m., with breaks in between as parliamentarians sought to elect their leader.

The outcome of the legislative elections left a tight result, with Chega playing a key role in potential governing coalitions. The leader of the Democratic Alliance emphasized that he had no intention of forming an agreement with extreme right parties like Chega. As tensions rose within parliament, various parties scrambled to form alliances and determine their paths for the new legislative term, highlighting complexities and uncertainties in Portugal’s current political landscape as parties jostled for power and influence.

By Samantha Nguyen

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