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Portugal’s president to dissolve parliament, calls early election after prime minister resignation

“Portugal will hold a snap parliamentary election on March 10, its second in as many years, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said on Thursday, following Tuesday’s abrupt resignation of the Socialist prime minister amid a corruption investigation,” Reuters writes.
The parliament will continue working until it votes on the budget bill, which is expected on Nov. 29, and Antonio Costa — who submitted his resignation from the prime minister post earlier this week in connection to an investigation into alleged corruption in Portugal’s lithium mining and hydrogen power operations — will stay on in his role in a care-taker capacity until the election, according to Euronews.

Costa told reporters that he had hoped Marcelo would keep parliament intact by appointing ank of Portugal governor and former Socialist finance minister Mario Centeno to the post of prime minister, as Costa’s Socialist party had suggested, according to Reuters.

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