Hard right party becomes kingmaker in Portugal

Portugal: Hard right party becomes kingmaker in Portugal, centre-right coalition wins, but far from majority

There has been a tremendous surge in the popularity of the radical right-wing party Chega in the Portuguese elections and the party has received 18 percent of the votes. In the unclear result, Chega’s party has emerged as the kingmaker.

The centre-right Democratic Alliance coalition has won the preliminary general elections held in Portugal on Sunday. The alliance got 29.5 percent votes. However, the alliance failed to cross the majority mark. In such a situation, politics of manipulation has started in Portugal and if things are not resolved then elections can be held again. The special thing is that in the elections in Portugal, there has been a huge jump in the popularity of the hard right party Chega and the party has got 18 percent votes. In the unclear result, Chega’s party has emerged as the kingmaker.

Politics of manipulation begins in Portugal

Luis Montenogro, leader of the center-right Democratic Alliance coalition, claimed victory on Monday, but did not give a clear answer about the alliance with the far-right party Chega. According to media reports, many leaders in Montenegro’s coalition are interested in an alliance with the hard-right party. In such a situation, there will be a game of manipulation in the politics of Portugal in the coming days and government formation may take some time.

Hard right party becomes kingmaker

For decades, only two parties, the Socialist Party and the Center Right Democratic Party, have been in power in Portugal and these two parties have been in power in Portugal one by one. However, both these parties have failed to get a clear majority in this election. At the same time, under the leadership of Andre Ventura, the radical right party Chega has emerged and has become the kingmaker. Chega was formed just five years ago, but in a short time this party has grown rapidly and has now become the third largest party.

In November last year, PM Antonio Costa had resigned after being accused of corruption. Although corruption charges have not been leveled against PM Costa, his resignation has led to re-elections in Portugal. Elections were held in Portugal on issues like economic crisis, rising house prices and deteriorating health system.


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