Portugal budget bickering risks triggering snap election

Portugal budget bickering risks triggering snap election

25/10/2021 8:08:00 PM

Portugal budget bickering risks triggering snap election

LISBON: Portugal\u0027s Socialist government could be on the verge of collapse after six years of minority rule, with the administration\u0027s former hard-left allies threatening to vote against the 2022 budget later this week. President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa appealed on Monday (Oct 25) for \u0022common sense\u0022, warnin

LISBON: Portugal's Socialist government could be on the verge of collapse after six years of minority rule, with the administration's former hard-left allies threatening to vote against the 2022 budget later this week.President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa appealed on Monday (Oct 25) for"common sense", warning that without a budget, which relies heavily on EU pandemic recovery funds,"there will be no alternative to the immediate dissolution of parliament" and snap elections two years ahead of schedule.

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Prime Minister Antonio Costa's Socialists have 108 seats in the 230-seat parliament and need at least nine other lawmakers to abstain during the first vote on Wednesday.Last-minute horse-trading and ultimatums have not precluded previous Socialist budgets from getting approved, but some analysts warn the room for manoeuvre has diminished.

Communist leader Jeronimo de Sousa said his 10 lawmakers would vote against, warning that the Communists do not fear electoral battles."We went to our limit in the months-long negotiations and only a stroke of magic would change our vote against the budget," he told reporters. headtopics.com

Left Bloc leader Catarina Martins said she remained open to negotiation until Wednesday, but the party, which has 19 seats, would vote against the budget unless the government accepted some of its proposals.The Socialists' former allies say the government is too focused on cutting the deficit.

They are demanding more benefits and protections for workers, improvements in the social security system and a lot more public investment in the national health service.Premier Costa said his government would never accept damage to Portugal's hard-won external credibility.

Duarte Cordeiro, junior minister for parliamentary affairs, said the cabinet would meet late on Monday to"evaluate the political situation" and was ready to negotiate, but"felt no sign of rapprochement" from the hard left."We can't have a budget that doesn't belong to the government either," he added.

Political scientist Antonio Costa Pinto said rationality suggests the two hard left parties would let the budget to pass, as they have lost votes in successive past elections, but their ideological red lines clashed with those of the Socialists."Everything seems to point to the end of a cycle," he said. headtopics.com

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