Portugal's president formally announced on Thursday the dissolution of parliament and called early elections for next January.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa formally announced this Thursday the dissolution of parliament and called early elections for January 30, after lawmakers rejected the draft State Budget last week.
“One week and one day after the rejection of the 2022’s budget, I find myself in a position to tell you that I have decided to dissolve parliament and call elections for January 30 2022,” said the president of Portugal in an address to the country.
In a final message to the Portuguese, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he trusted in the “patriotism, democratic spirit, experience and common sense” of citizens. “As always, in decisive moments, it is the Portuguese and they alone who are the best guarantee of Portugal’s future,” he concluded.