Portugal’s new parliament faced challenges in electing its president this Tuesday after three rounds of voting following the recent parliamentary elections. The close results of the March 10 election led to a complicated configuration of the council, making it difficult for any candidate to achieve an absolute majority.

In the final vote of the day, neither conservative candidate Jose Pedro Aguilar-Branco nor socialist candidate Francisco Assis managed to secure the 116 votes needed to be elected president. Considering that Aguiar-Branco received 88 votes and Assis 90 votes, the temporary president of the republican assembly, the communist Antonio Filipe, announced that the session would be postponed until the next day for another attempt.

Despite the delay and uncertainty surrounding the election, Filipe lightened the mood by joking that he would not spend the night in the official residence until the next day, which drew laughter from the parliamentarians. Today’s session began at 10:00 and ended after 11:00 p.m., with breaks in between as parliament sought to elect its leader.

The outcome of Portugal’s legislative elections left a close result, with Chega playing a key role in potential governing coalitions. The leader of Chega emphasized that he has no intention of concluding an agreement with extreme right parties as tensions rose in parliament. Various parties scrambled to form alliances and chart their paths for Portugal’s new legislative term. The challenges facing Portugal’s political landscape have highlighted its complexity and uncertainty as parties jockey for power and influence.

By Samantha Johnson

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