Judges to earn more than PM

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 07-06-2019 01:00:00 · 0 Comments
Judges to earn more than PM

A legal change in Portugal means that judges’ salaries can in future be higher than that of the prime minister.

Portugal’s governing Socialist Party (PS), the right-wing People’s Party (CDS-PP) and the Communist Party (PCP) and their allies the Greens (PEV) voted down an amendment to prevent the change that was tabled by the Left Bloc, the main opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) and People-Animals-Nature (PAN) as well as Paulo Trigo Pereira, an independent who was originally elected on the PS slate.

After the vote, several PS deputies went on record explaining why they voted in favour of the change – mostly citing the imposition of the party whip. That prompted Carlos César, leader of the PS in parliament, to publicly contradict them.


For the CDS-PP, Pedro Mota Soares went on record, also citing the imposition of a party whip as the reason for his vote in favour.


At present no public official may have a salary that exceeds that that of the prime minister. The change means that judges’ salaries can now be increased beyond that level, though they will remain below that of the country’s president.



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