President of the Republic begins to receive parties in Belém at 11.30 – O Jornal Económico

The President of the Republic will receive this Tuesday the parties that were elected to the Assembly of the Republic. The hearings in Belém will be held with a view to the nomination of the prime minister. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will only make the decision after hearing all parties.

As soon as the results were known on Sunday night, the President declared his haste to appoint the prime minister due to the holding of an "important European Council" on 17-18 October because of Brexit.

"As with the previous legislature, the President will do everything to ensure stability," said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on Monday.

The hearings are scheduled to start at 11.30 hours and should end around 20.00. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will start by listening to Livre, which was the least voted party and yet managed to elect a deputy. This is followed by meetings with the Liberal Initiative at 12 noon, Arrives at 12:30 pm, the ENP at 1 pm and the PAN at 1:30 pm.

In the afternoon, the President of the Republic will also listen to the CDS-PP at São Bento Palace at 4 pm. Then follow the PCP at 17h00, the Left Block at 18h00, the PSD at 19h00 and the PS at 20h00.

Antonio Costa wants to meet on Wednesday with the leftist parties elected to parliament, the Observer said. The PS leader wants to meet with the leaders of the Left Bloc, PCP / PEV, Livre, but also with the PAN, at their respective headquarters.

In his victory speech on Sunday night, António Costa pointed out that the PS "strengthened its political position in Portugal" and that the "Portuguese liked the contraption and wanted the continuation of the current political solution".

Both the PCP and the Left Block have already stated that they are willing to negotiate with António Costa for a 2.0 contraption, and have already submitted their specifications.

The PCP defended several points such as raising the minimum wage to 850 euros, raising pensions, free day care for all children under three, building public housing and investing in the National Health Service.

In turn, the Left Block defended the replacement of cuts made during the Troika's time and which are still in the labor legislation, with the replacement of vacation days and compensation for dismissal.

The Block also advocated more public investment to “save the national health service” as well as further recovery of wages, pensions and rights.

Sunday's parliamentary elections won the PS, with 36.65% of the votes (not yet counting the votes of Portuguese voters abroad) and without an absolute majority. Already the PSD remained the largest party in the opposition, with 27.90% of the votes. This was followed by BE (9.67%), CDU (6.46%), CDS-PP (4.25%) and PAN (3.28%).

Already Chega, Liberal and Free Initiative first elected deputies in these elections. Chega got 1.30% of the votes, Liberal Initiative had 1.29% and Free 1.09%.

Hearings in Belém
11:30 am – Free
12h00 – Liberal Initiative
12:30 pm – Enough
13h00 – Ecological Party “The Greens” (PEV)
13h30 – People-Animals-Nature (PAN)
4:00 pm – CDS – Popular Party (CDS-PP)
17:00 – Portuguese Communist Party (PCP)
18h00 – Left Block (B.E.)
19h00 – Social Democratic Party (PPD / PSD)
20h00 – Socialist Party (PS)

President Marcelo receives parties today to appoint prime minister

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