President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will induct Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa and his Government before the end of the month. After the results of the elections of October 6 the Parliament has reunited for the first time.
After winning the elections, the leader of the Partido Socialista (PS) António Costa will head the 22nd Constitutional Government. During the last four years, Costa and the Socialists led the country with a three-part coalition between them, the Left Bloc and the Communist Party, with valuable majority in the Parliament. Although they won the elections, the PS will lead with a minority Government.
President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa wants the government formed in time for the next European Union summit, as Brexit will be once again discussed.
The proposed government, which the president has given his consent, shows that the executive will have a total of nineteen ministers. Costa’s last government, in 2015, was formed by seventeen ministers.
This will be the largest government in the history of democracy in Portugal. It is also the government with most female ministers in history, with eight women in charge. On average, governments had sixteen members.
Rui Rio, the leader of the opposition, and second biggest party, the centre-right Partido Social Democrata (PSD) announced that he is still considering his political future.