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The new Portuguese Parliament was seen this Tuesday unable to elect its president after three votes and can strive once more right now, because of the difficult configuration of the chamber after the legislative elections of March 10, which left very shut outcomes.

In the final vote of the day, not one of the candidates to develop into president of the chamber, neither the conservative José Pedro Aguiar-Branco nor the socialist Francisco Assis, achieved the 116 helps essential to be elected by an absolute majority, acquiring 88 and 90 votes, respectively.

Therefore, the short-term president of the unicameral Assembly of the Republic, the communist Antonio Filipe, the oldest deputy, determined, after an settlement between the events, to postpone the session till tomorrow to strive once more, however not earlier than joking:

“Despite my unusual stay in office, I am not going to spend the night at the official residence until tomorrow,” stated Filipe, which sparked laughter from the parliamentarians.

The day, that ended after 11:00 p.m. native time (similar time GMT), had begun at 10:00 when Parliament opened its sixteenth time period after the elections, and after a break till 3:00 p.m., it resumed its work to elect its president.

Only Aguiar-Branco, candidate of the bulk coalition in Parliament, Democratic Alliance (AD), appeared within the first vote, acquiring 89 votes in that preliminary spherical.

Immediately afterwards, there was a second voteto which three candidates ran, once more Aguiar-Branco, Assis and the far-right deputy Manuela Tender, with none acquiring absolutely the majority essential to be elected.

Aguiar-Branco obtained 89 votes, in comparison with 80 for Assis and 49 for Tender, with a quorum in Parliament of 229 of the 230 deputies, with which Filipe requested the parliamentarians to not transfer from their place to vote for third and final time of the day between the 2 with essentially the most assist, with out there being a conclusive outcome.

The legislative elections of March 10 in Portugal left a really shut outcome, with the victory of AD, with 80 deputies, in comparison with 78 for the Socialist Party and 50 for the far-right Chega formation.

With its fifty deputies, Chega is revealed as a key drive to controlhowever the chief of AD, Luís Montenegro, has insisted on quite a few events that he has no intention of constructing an settlement with the acute proper.

And proof of this was this Tuesday, when it turned clear how difficult this legislature goes to be for Montenegro.

After the primary vote, Chega chief André Ventura defined that there was a previous settlement between Chega and AD for “joint work” in Parliament. However, he added, all through the morning right now “publicly” leaders of the center-right coalition assured that there was no settlement and that “Chega was dispensable.”

And he warned the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the principle group of AD and of which Montenegro is president, that “it has to choose the companies, it has to choose if it wants to form a coalition with the PS (Socialist Party) or if it wants to govern the right”.