Absolute majority 'would be better' but 'virtually impossible' - PM

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 07-02-2019 08:43:00 · 0 Comments
Absolute majority 'would be better' but 'virtually impossible' - PM

Portugal's prime minister has said that it is "virtually impossible" for his Socialist Party (PS) to secure an absolute majority in parliament in the coming legislative elections, given the characteristics of the country's voting patterns and party system, but that if it happened it would be "better".

Costa told Portuguese television channel SIC in an exclusive interview on Tuesday night that it was also "highly probable" that the country's president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, would be reelected if he were to stand again for president in 2021.

Speaking to journalists following the interview, before leaving SIC's premises, Costa played down the issue of whether the PS was seeking an absolute majority in the next elections, saying that he would govern under current conditions.

Costa also said that absolute majorities are not favoured under Portugal's electoral system of party-list proportional representation.

The PS has since 2015 governed with a minority of seats in parliament, with the support of smaller leftist parties with which it has forma agreements.


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