Portugal's new prime minister, Lus Montenegro, challenges the socialists with a liberal program | EUROtoday

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The new prime minister of Portugal, Lus Montenegro, of the center-right, undergoes his first main parliamentary examination this week. And he’s doing it as if he had been near absolutely the majority, with out making an attempt to contain the opposition, on which he relies upon within the Assembly of the Republicbecause it solely has 80 deputies out of 230.

Montenegro Between Thursday and Friday, he’s presenting his authorities program to the plenary session of the Portuguese Parliament – the one legislative chamber within the nation. A battery of liberal measures that decrease taxes and dismantle a few of the star proposals of the earlier socialist Executive Antonio Costacomparable to some geared toward limiting the rise within the worth to purchase or hire housing, one of many largest issues of the Portuguese.

Both the chief of the Socialist Party (PS), Pedro Nuno Santoslike that of the acute proper of He arrives, Andrew VenturaThey attacked him for his “arrogance.”

Montenegro, nevertheless, alleges that its program contains as much as 60 measures taken from different events' packages, together with the Communist Party. And he has asserted that he has not assumed workplace “to say that I am prime minister, but to fulfill my mandate.”

The new Portuguese prime minister gained the March 10 elections by a slender margin (he solely has two extra seats than the PS) and has refused to type a coalition with Chega. This Thursday, he started the controversy by saying a discount within the IRS (the Portuguese private revenue tax) of as much as 1.5 billion. To this measure, allocate the excess left by the Costa Government. The head of the Government additionally introduced that within the subsequent 10 days he’ll start conversations with well being and justice professionals to enhance their wage stage.

Some of those bulletins didn’t please the opposition. The chief of the PS accused Montenegro of creating an “arrogant” speech, with out considering that he’ll want the assist of different events for every measure that he needs to hold out. And he challenged him to current a movement of confidence.

Despite the cruel tone, Pedro Nuno Santos didn’t assist, in precept, any of the 2 motions to reject this system which have been introduced on this debate: one of many Communist Party and the opposite of Left Block. If every thing goes as deliberate, Montenegro will cross this primary check and start to steer a Government with full powers, however with ft of clay within the Assembly.

On the fitting, André Ventura agreed with the socialist chief in his criticism of the brand new prime minister. He accused him of “lack of humility” and regarded it “unacceptable that he arrived here without having negotiated anything, neither with Chega, nor with the PS.” “If the Government insists on this path, it will not end well,” warned the spokesperson for the third group of the Chamber, which has 50 deputies. Ventura was the large winner of the March election night time, as he jumped from 12 to 50 seats.