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Portugal's parliament backs revised bill allowing euthanasia

Nov. 05, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament approved a reworded bill Friday to allow euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill and seriously injured people, after a court blocked the initial version because of what it said was unclear terminology. ...

Portugal’s president calls a snap election on Jan. 30

Nov. 04, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s president announced Thursday that he is dissolving parliament and calling a snap election for Jan. 30, following the minority Socialist government’s defeat in a key vote on post-pandemic plans to spend billions of euros in European Union funding. ...

Portugal’s political fate uncertain after govt budget defeat

Oct. 28, 2021 06:57 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s president says the ballot box is the best way of breaking a political stalemate after the country's parliament threw out the minority Socialist government’s proposed state budget for next year. The head of state's plan to hold a...

Election likely in Portugal after govt defeat in budget vote

Oct. 27, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament on Wednesday rejected the minority Socialist government’s proposed state budget for 2022, a move expected to trigger an early election and put a brake on the country’s post-pandemic recovery plans. After weeks of...

Portugal: Brewing political storm could bring snap election

Oct. 25, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A political storm is brewing in Portugal, where the minority Socialist government is finding it hard to win support for its state budget from other left-of-center parties. The Portuguese Communist Party announced Monday it won’t vote in favor...

Portugal honors diplomat who saved thousands from Nazis

Oct. 19, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal paid official homage Tuesday to Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese diplomat who during World War II helped save thousands of people from Nazi persecution, by placing a tomb with his name in the country’s National Pantheon. Leading...

They said it: Leaders at the hybrid UN, in their own words

Sep. 21, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Many leaders saying many things about many topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world: That's what the U.N. General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain voices dominate. Here, The Associated Press takes...

Jorge Sampaio, former president of Portugal, dies at 81

Sep. 10, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Jorge Sampaio, a former two-term president of Portugal and one of the most prominent political figures of his generation, has died. He was 81. The current Portuguese president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, announced Sampaio’s death on Friday. He...