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Portugal’s Socialist President to Dissolve Parliament, Calls for January Elections

Portugal’s president has announced plans to dissolve parliament and call a snap election on 30 January, the BBC reports. The decision was made after the national assembly rejected the government’s draft budget for 2022.

Prime Minister António Costa governed for six years despite his Socialist Party lacking a majority in parliament. The Socialists signed agreements with far-left parties to assure the passage of key legislation, but there were no written deals after the 2019 election.

This autumn, the Communist Party joined the larger Left Bloc in voting against the draft budget, which resulted in the downfall of the Costa government.

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