Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Antonio Costa: Election winner, old and new head of government in Portugal.
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Portugal's old "Primeiro-ministro" is also the new one: After his Socialist Party has emerged as the big winner of the parliamentary election, Costa's government is now in his second term. He will again lead a minority government.
Only two days after his clear electoral triumph, Portugal's Socialist leader António Costa has been confirmed by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa for a second four-year term in office. Rebelo officially named Costa the "Primeiro-ministro" in Lisbon for the second time since 2015, as the presidential office of the former euro crisis country announced. Prior to the appointment of Costa, the head of state had completed compulsory consultations on the formation of the future government. Rebelo received in the Palácio de Belém in Lisbon successively the representatives of all parties elected on Sunday in the "Assembleia da República" parties. He wanted to determine whether Costa enjoys sufficient support from other groups to form a stable government. Socialists as electorateCostas Socialist Party (PS) had won the poll on Sunday, although with 36.65 percent and by a large margin ahead of the strongest opposition, but missed the hoped-for absolute majority. The number of MPs of the PS increases after the provisional final result of previously 86 to at least 106.The Conservative Social Democratic Party (PSD) had to settle for 27.9 percent. It is thus no longer the strongest parliamentary group and will in future have 77 instead of 89 seats. In the expiring legislative period, the 58-year-old lawyer Costa, without formal coalition formation, was supported by the Marxist Left bloc (BE) and the green-communist coalition CDU. BE boss Catarina Martins had already signaled willingness to cooperate on election night.