The only votes in favour were from the PS party, Livre and PAN abstained, as well as PSD Madeira deputies, while the remaining parties voted against the budget.
The prime minister defended that this is “a budget that the Portuguese have been waiting for, which will allow young people to pay less IRS, pensioners receive an extraordinary increase, the reinforcement of social equipment, the beginning of the free day care program and improving school social action for young people”, at the end of the plenary after the OE vote. “We have turned the page on this crisis, now it's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work”, he added.
Closing the final chapter of the crisis
Fernando Medina also stressed that “today, Parliament closes the last chapter of the crisis”, in his speech in Parliament. It is the day when “the stability and normality of the functioning of the State recovers and we begin a new phase of reforms to modernise the country”, he defended.
Despite the absolute majority, the Government had promised “openness to dialogue” during the electoral campaign, something that the former partners of the contraption say did not materialise. The PS ended up making proposals from almost all parties viable, especially the Livre and the PAN, but they were mostly symbolic and had little budgetary impact.