Marcelo loses power to dissolve the Assembly of the Republic

in News · 13-09-2020 10:00:00 · 3 Comments

The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, has entered the last half year of his five-year term of office and under the terms of the Constitution, has now lost the power to dissolve the Assembly of the Republic.

Article 172 of the Constitution provides that "the Assembly of the Republic cannot be dissolved in the six months following its election", which took place on 6 October, 2019, nor "in the last semester of the President of the Republic's term", between 9 September and 9 March, 2021.

Two weeks ago, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa recalled that he would soon be prevented from exercising this power, regarding the approval of the State Budget for 2021, and asked the parties for dialogue, describing the possibility that in the near future there would be "a political crisis or the threat of political crisis "in addition to the crisis resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Five years ago, after presenting his presidential candidacy, the former president of the PSD enunciated his reading of the constitutional powers of the head of state in terms of dissolving parliament and forming governments in a speech at Voz do Operário, in Lisbon, on 24 October 2015.

In that intervention, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa promised that, if he were elected, he would do everything to "not burden" his successor with "avoidable problems in relation to the powers of the State" and considered it negative for Portugal to live "six, seven, eight months without the State".


These political references and comparisons to Salazar are probably quite offensive and disturbing to many Portuguese people. Many had family members disappear under Salazar. Poor comparison....

By William from Other on 15-09-2020 10:50

Il y a plein de commentaires qui ont été écrits, mais si vous ne les publiez pas cela ne sert à rien de se casser la tête à les écrire...On se croirait encore sous le régime Salazar...

By Michel Schuermans from Algarve on 14-09-2020 08:47

Even if he power he wouldnt do anything he never did till now .all hes good at is taking selfies and touring ..he had my vote but NEVER again

By maria from Algarve on 13-09-2020 02:14
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