Portugal’s president, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, is on 20 and 21 October to receive delegations from the political parties with seats in the parliament elected on 4 October, his office announced on Thursday following the emergence of results in the election for the four emigrant constituencies.
The centre-right Social Democratic Party (PSD), the right-wing People’s Party (CDS-PP), the Socialist Party (PS), the Left Bloc (BE), the Communist Party (PCP) and its ally the Green Party (PEV) all have seats in the new parliament, as well as the Party of Animals and Nature (PAN), which is making its debut.
The joint list of candidates put up by the PSD and PP won the most votes and seats, at 38.57% and 107, it emerged after the final results were posted on Wednesday.
The PS came second, with 32,31% and 86 seats, followed by the BE with 10.19% and 19 seats, and the coalition between the PCP and PEV with 8.25% and 17 seats. The PAN received 1.39%, giving it one seat.
Under Portugal’s constitution, the prime minister is appointed by the president, after he has heard the parties represented in parliament, and taking into account the election results.
Cavaco Silva received PSD leader Pedro Passos Coelho at the presidential palace two days after the election. In a speech to the nation after that meeting, the president said he had asked him to look into the possibility of forming a “solution for government that assured political stability and governability for the country” but stressed that he would not seek to take the parties’ role in forming a government.
However, since then it has been the PS leader, António Costa, who has been the more active of the two, holding meetings not only with Passos Coelho and the PP leader, Paulo Portas, but also separately with the leaders of the other parties in parliament.
On 12 October, Cavaco Silva received Costa, who afterwards said the meeting had been important, interesting and productive.
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