According to Ricardo Marchi, a researcher at ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, “it was quite expected that sooner or later a phenomenon that would travel throughout Europe would replicate in Portugal”.
According to Marchi, André Ventura “took advantage of an interesting window”, benefiting from the “right crisis”, winning voters dissatisfied with the political line of the PSD and CDS-PP, and, on the other hand, voters of the extreme party. right, the National Renewing Party (PNR), which has never been able to “conquer the most populist electorate”.
“It is a radical right-wing populist party, neither a subversive nor a revolutionary party. It does not want to end democracy, but it is a party that recognizes the democratic system and accepts the democratic system as the best system for the governance of countries and Europe and is a party that wants to participate in the political system within democratic rules, ”he says. .
Specialist in the study of the Portuguese right, Ricardo Marchi is the author of works such as ‘Ideas and Pathways of Portuguese Rights’, ‘Rights in Portuguese Democracy’ or ‘Empire Nation Revolution – Radical Rights at the End of the New State’.
For the ISCTE researcher, by using the theme of law and order or arguments against subsidiarity, André Ventura can continue to “capture broad bands of the electorate”.
Unlike the PNR, which “would have difficulty because it is a party with an anti-Aprilist discourse and political culture”, this researcher considers that André Ventura “wants nothing to do with either fascism or national socialism, nor with salazarisms or franks ”and anticipates that he may even have“ all the ease of celebrating April 25 with red carnation on his chest ”.
António Costa Pinto, a politologist at the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon, pointed out that, in addition to Chega, two other small parties, one of them of the liberal right, also came to parliament, “integrated in an electoral conjuncture characterized essentially by a more or less victory. the left and the PS ”and the demobilization of the voters of the two main right-wing parties.
According to Costa Pinto, entry into parliament will give Chega's "court model" greater prominence and media visibility, and even financial support for the party.
"To what extent will it allow it to consolidate its electorate, eventually to increase it, only the future will tell," he said, stressing that "parties do not exist outside the conjunctures in which they are born and grow."
The expert also considered that, based on party representation in parliament, Chega is likely to be 'isolated', because the other parties, 'very naturally, should hold a kind of' sanitary cord 'around this party'.
The Chega, with 1.30% of the votes, elected deputy André Ventura Sunday in a legislature won without an absolute majority by the PS, with 36.6% of the votes and 106 deputies.