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Portuguese Elections 2024 – Candidates for Imigration announced

Scheduled for March 10, 2024, the Portuguese legislative elections will decide the makeup of the 16th Legislature of the Third Portuguese Republic, featuring 230 seats in the Assembly of the Republic.
Noteworthy for the leadership changes in the two major parties, the Socialist Party and the Social Democratic Party, these elections mark the first time since 2005 that their leaders are at the helm.

Scheduled for March 10, 2024, the Portuguese legislative elections will decide the makeup of the 16th Legislature of the Third Portuguese Republic, featuring 230 seats in the Assembly of the Republic.
Noteworthy for the leadership changes in the two major parties, the Socialist Party and the Social Democratic Party, these elections mark the first time since 2005 that their leaders are at the helm. Among the eight parties with parliamentary seats, five, including the two main parties, the Liberal Initiative, the Left Bloc, and the Portuguese Communist Party, introduce new leadership.


Ant├│nio Costa’s third government, initiated on March 30, 2022, experienced significant turbulence with numerous scandals and controversies leading to 13 resignations, including 11 Secretaries of State and 2 Ministers. Controversies ranged from issues with TAP Air Portugal to compensation for government member Alexandra Reis and an incident at the Ministry of Infrastructure. The use of Portuguese Secret Services in the latter case caused a conflict between President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Prime Minister Ant├│nio Costa, culminating in Costa’s resignation on November 7, 2023.
After Costa’s resignation, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa engaged with all parties. While the Socialist Party proposed a new government led by Augusto Santos Silva or M├írio Centeno, potentially lasting until 2026, all opposition parties advocated for early elections. Consequently, early elections were set for March 10, 2024.


The Assembly of the Republic, with 230 deputies serving four-year terms, does not necessitate an absolute majority for governments to take office. Opponents must be equal to or greater than 116 (absolute majority) to reject the Government Program or pass a motion of censure.
In the aftermath of the 2021 Census, alterations occurred in electoral districts. Set├║bal will now elect 19 deputies (one more), and Viana do Castelo will elect 5 deputies (one less) in the 2024 elections.
The Portuguese Community in South Africa is represented by 2 members of parliament. Their portfolio also includes all immigrants who reside outside of Europe, and while they perform regular visits to the vast territory in their charge, there are constant complaints from the Communities that their worries and concern are ignored by the Governments and parliament of Portugal.


Various parties have already released their candidates for Deputies for Immigration:


ADN ÔÇô Davide Pereira
Alian├ža Democr├ítica ÔÇô Jos├ę Ces├írio
Bloco – Miguel Heleno
CDU ÔÇô Ana Oliveira
Chega ÔÇô Mal├│ de Abreu
Iniciativa Liberal – Teresa Vaz Antunes
Livre – Nurin Mirzan
PAN ÔÇô Nelson Abreu
PS ÔÇô Santos Silva


Yvonne Santos

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