Neill Lochery

Why Portugal’s troubled history of political crises will continue

Portugal's prime minister Antonio Costa (Getty images)

Portugal has once again been plunged into a political crisis: the country is facing a snap election after its socialist-led government failed to pass its budget in the National Assembly yesterday. António Costa, who has led the country’s minority government since November 2015, was brought down by the refusal of the PCP (communist party) and the Bloco de Esquerda (left block) to back his budget.

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Neill Lochery
Neill Lochery is professor of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Studies at University College London. He is the author of Out of the Shadows: Portugal from Revolution to the Present Day

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