Latest Portugal government News

Socialists take office again in Portugal after election win

Oct. 26, 2019 7:17 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's center-left Socialist Party has been sworn in for a second four-year term in government. Antonio Costa remains prime minister, while Mario Centeno continues as finance minister and Augusto Santos Silva as foreign minister. The Cabinet that took office Saturday has 11 men...

Portugal's Socialists win election, now eye alliances

Oct. 7, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's Socialist Party had little time Monday to savor its general election victory, as tough negotiations for parliamentary support loomed and the economy braces for leaner times. The center-left Socialists won Sunday's general election with 36.6% of the vote and are preparing...

Portugal's Socialists prepare 4 more years in government

Oct. 6, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The center-left Socialist Party got the most votes in Portugal's general election Sunday, leaving it poised to continue leading the government for another four years. With 226 seats in the 230-seat parliament awarded in the official count, the Socialists reached 106 seats, compared...

The Latest: Center-left Socialists win Portugal election

Oct. 6, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The latest on Portugal's election (all times local): 11:55 p.m. Portugal's center-left Socialist Party has collected the most votes in Sunday's general election, leaving it poised to continue in government for another four years. With 208 seats in the 230-seat parliament awarded in...

A look at the issues in Portugal's general election

Oct. 5, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A frequent question asked in Portugal ahead of Sunday's general election is not whether the incumbent Socialist Party will win, but by how big a margin. Recent opinion polls suggest the Socialists enjoy a 10-percentage-point lead. That's largely thanks to an economic recovery and...

Freitas do Amaral, a ‘father’ of Portuguese democracy, dies

Oct. 3, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Diogo Freitas do Amaral, a conservative Portuguese politician who played a leading role in cementing the country’s democracy after its 1974 Carnation Revolution and later became president of the U.N. General Assembly, has died at 78. The Portuguese government announced his...

At UN, Venezuela's rival delegations circle each other

Sep. 26, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — They came from the same country. They were in town for the same reason — as diplomatic representatives of their government. And they took pains to make sure their paths never, ever crossed. Two separate Venezuelan delegations can be found at the United Nations during the...

Portugal: 23 people charged in theft at national armory

Sep. 26, 2019 8:38 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese prosecutors are bringing charges against 23 people, including a former defense minister, after a two-year investigation into the theft of weapons from the national armory. A statement Thursday from the attorney general's office says a soldier is accused of providing...

The Latest: British PM questions Thomas Cook bosses' pay

Sep. 23, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the collapse of British tour company Thomas Cook (all times local): 6 p.m. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says a "huge effort" is underway to bring home British tourists and passengers stranded by the sudden financial collapse of travel company Thomas Cook. He adds Monday that...

Portugal's Socialists focus on economy in re-election bid

Sep. 22, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's ruling Socialist Party hopes an economic recovery during its four years of governing will persuade voters in an upcoming general election to return the party to power. An official two-week campaign period opened Sunday for the Oct. 6 election in which voters will choose...