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The ghost of early elections shakes Portugal

Lisbon, Oct 14 (EFE) .- The ghost of an early election shakes Portugal fueled by the plight of the socialist António Costa to carry out the 2022 Budgets with a minority government and the unexpected victory of the right in Lisbon.

“It is difficult for the Government to continue governing with this year’s budget without European funds,” Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has warned.

The storm had been brewing since the municipal elections at the end of September – when the Socialists were consolidated as the most voted force, but suffered a blood loss and lost the capital – and was unleashed this week by the general rejection of the Budget project of the State by 2022.

An initiative that, a priori, has a social turn and could have had the approval of the former partners of the Government, the Bloco de Esquerda and the Communist Party, who, however, have rejected it. Nor is the right wing willing to accompany Costa on this journey.

In the midst of the controversy, the Portuguese president has opened Pandora’s box by speaking openly about the consequences of early elections.

If the Budget project does not go ahead, “most likely” Portugal would go to early elections in January, which would cause a six-month hiatus in the country and, consequently, a brake on European funds.

“Common sense shows that the costs are very high, I think the natural thing is that, with more or less understanding, with more or less patience, the 2022 Budget ends up being approved,” says Rebelo de Sousa.

Time is short. The parliamentary debate will take place between October 22 and 27 and the final vote will be on November 25.


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