Portugal’s President announces snap elections in March following Prime Minister’s resignation | Political News

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Following the resignation of Prime Minister Antonio Costa and the arrest of his chief of staff in connection with a corruption probe, Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has dissolved parliament and called for snap elections to take place on March 10. Costa, who denied any wrongdoing, offered his resignation after his chief of staff was arrested as part of the corruption investigation. The investigation includes allegations of malfeasance and influence peddling, with prosecutors also looking into the prime minister’s potential involvement in the activities being investigated. The corruption probe focuses on allegations of improper behavior related to the development of lithium mining and hydrogen projects in Portugal. The President had initially planned to wait for a budget vote before dissolving parliament, but after meeting with political parties and the Council of State, he announced the dissolution and snap elections to “meet the expectations of many Portuguese.”

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