Portugal: launch of the campaign for the legislative elections against a backdrop of push from the far right

The start of the electoral campaign in view of the early legislative elections on March 10 in Portugal has just been given.

At stake is the appointment of a new Prime Minister after the resignation of socialist Antonio Costa, who remained in power for eight years.

André Ventura, leader of the Portuguese far-right Chega party.


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With our correspondent in Lisbon,

Marie-Line Darcy

The eight parties already represented in the National Assembly set out to attack the streets, markets and gyms, each in their own style.

An exercise very appreciated by the population and the candidates alike.

Two favorites for these legislative elections on March 10, the socialist Pedro Nuno Santos and the right-wing centrist Luis Montenegro, whose social democratic party has formed an alliance with two small conservative parties.

But neither the right nor the left seem able to win a majority of the 230 deputies.

And the far-right populist Chega party is in ambush to become the arbiter of a future right-wing government.

Born in 2019, André Ventura

's party

is growing, and with 17% voting intentions, it is maintaining its position as the third political force in the country.

The ambiguous attitude of Luis Montenegro on the question of supporting Chega to govern is puzzling, as the man rejects the ideology of this party.

A taboo which has not been lifted, even though no sanitary cordon has been established to keep the extreme right away from power.

The campaign ends on March 8.


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