The rejection by Parliament of the state budget for 2022 by Antonio Costa’s government plunged Portugal into political deadlock a week ago.
Portuguese President, Conservative Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, received a favorable opinion on the dissolution of Parliament from his Council of State on Wednesday and can announce the date of the early parliamentary elections on Thursday.
Before Parliament’s rejection of the state budget for 2022 by the socialist government of Antonio Costa, which plunged Portugal into a political impasse a week ago, the head of state warned that this would have for consequence of bringing forward the legislative date by two years.
However, the Constitution required him to first hear the parties represented in the Assembly, which he did on Saturday, then to convene his Council of State, which includes the highest political leaders, former presidents and other notable personalities. named by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
This body met Wednesday evening and issued “a favorable opinion, by majority, to the proposal of the President of the Republic to dissolve the Assembly”, announced the presidency in a brief press release. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa must now lift the suspense over the date of the elections in a speech expected for Thursday.
According to the statements of the leaders of the various parties at the end of the talks on Saturday, the most likely will be one of the Sundays between mid-January and the beginning of February. On October 27, the radical left parties voted alongside the right-wing opposition to reject the 2022 finance bill submitted by the minority government, sealing the end of the alliance that had allowed it to rule Portugal since the end of 2015.
Pending the organization of the poll, Prime Minister Antonio Costa, who has ruled out resigning on his own and promised to lead the Socialist campaign, will remain at the head of a government with reduced powers.