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Portugal’s far right Chega party on rise

Portugal’s parliamentary election results saw far-right Chega, founded in 2019,  emerge as the third largest party, with 17% votes.

Chega (meaning Enough) ran a campaign promising to “clean up Portugal”, clamp down on immigration and implement measures such as chemical castration for some sex offenders.

The Socialist government, led by Goan-origin Prime Minister António Costa, collapsed in 2023 amid investigations into the government’s handling of mining and hydrocarbon projects.

•After the police raided government offices, Mr. Costa resigned.

•Now, Social Democratic Party is likely to form minority government.

•The country is grappling with persistent low wages and higher inflation, and housing prices have doubled in less than a decade.

Portugal has also seen protests over lack of access to health care.

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