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Portugal President calls March snap election, leaves time to pass budget

Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa addresses the nation from Belem Palace to announce his decision to dissolve parliament triggering snap general elections on March 10th

Lisbon, PortugalReuters Portugal will hold a snap parliamentary election on 10th March, its second in as many years, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said on Thursday, following Tuesday’s abrupt resignation of the Socialist Prime Minister amid a corruption investigation. Yet, the President said he would only disband parliament, where the Socialist Party (PS) has a […]

Timing seen as crucial as snap election looms in Portugal

Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa attends the informal meeting of European heads of state or government, in Granada, Spain, on 6th October, 2023

Lisbon, PortugalReuters Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa kicked off talks with the main political parties on Wednesday to decide whether, or how soon, to call a snap election following the abrupt resignation of the Socialist Prime Minister. Antonio Costa stepped down on Tuesday after prosecutors detained his chief of staff and named his infrastructure […]

Pope, in Portugal to rally young Catholics, says church needs purification

Pope Francis accompanied by Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (R) at the end of a meeting at Belem Palace in Lisbon, Portugal, on 2nd August 2023.

Lisbon, PortugalReuters Pope Francis on Wednesday said the Catholic Church needs a “humble and ongoing purification” to deal with the “anguished cries” of victims of clerical sexual abuse, who he met privately on the first day of his visit to Portugal. Francis was speaking in Lisbon at the start of a five-day visit to the […]

Portugal’s President feels heat from church sex abuse remark

Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa 2021

Lisbon, Portugal AP Portugal’s President is scrambling to quell an outcry over his comments appearing to make light of revelations that more than 400 people were victims of child sex abuse by members of the Portuguese Catholic Church. A lay committee looking into historic child sex abuse in the church said Tuesday it has so […]