Portugal’s Political Divisions: A Challenging Start for New Prime Minister Luis Montenegro

Portugal’s Parliament Speaker Election Ends in Failure

The election of the President of Parliament faced a third unsuccessful attempt, highlighting deep political divisions in the newly elected “Assembleia da República” in Portugal on March 10th. 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. MPs will reconvene on Wednesday to try again, with the possibility for parties to nominate new candidates. This situation sets a challenging tone for the new Prime Minister of Portugal, Luis Montenegro, who leads the conservative alliance Democratic Alliance (AD).

Luis Montenegro assumed the role of Prime Minister after his alliance won the most votes in the recent election, narrowly defeating the long-standing Socialists. However, governing is expected to be challenging due to deep political divisions and the rise of right-wing populist party Chega led by André Ventura with over 50 seats. As Montenegro prepares to present his cabinet on Thursday and the new government officially takes office on April 2nd, uncertainty remains in Portugal’s political landscape.

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