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Expresso - Portugal | Saturday, October 24, 2015

Portugal's parliament faces further division

Portugal's parliament elected the socialist Ferro Rodrigues as its president on Friday. Until now it was always the candidate selected by the party with the most votes who occupied this post - Rodrigues is the first exception to this rule. The liberal weekly Expresso criticises the vote: "The way in which Socialist leader António Costa pushed through his preferred candidate - completely ignoring the rules - is a further step in the direction of a tense, almost civil-war-like climate that has been felt since the general election on October 4. Having to watch half of the MPs silently go along with the election of the new parliamentary president doesn't bode well for the future. And instead of at least making an attempt to dispel the tense atmosphere, Ferro Rodrigues has lamentably accepted his appointment as a party-affiliated parliamentary president."

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