The impact of far-right rise in Portuguese politics

Portugal recently held elections that could potentially shift the country towards the right, with the far-right Chega party emerging as a potential kingmaker. This could have significant implications for the direction of the country’s policies and governance, as mainstream rivals have expressed reluctance to work with the far-right party.
The election comes in the wake of former prime minister Antonio Costa’s resignation due to corruption allegations, which have fueled the far-right’s campaign against corruption and immigration. Despite economic growth under the Socialists, Portuguese voters have expressed concerns about high inflation, public services, and a housing crisis, leading to a possibility of a shift in power dynamics.
Chega’s leader, Andre Ventura, a former centre-right councillor, has gained popularity by advocating for drastic policy changes. The party’s increased support in the polls indicates a potential to be a deciding factor in forming a minority government. However, mainstream parties, such as the centre-right Democratic Alliance, have shown reluctance in seeking Chega’s support for their proposed agenda of tax cuts and free-market reforms.
The current Socialists, led by Pedro Nuno Santos, have defended their government’s record of reducing unemployment and maintaining economic growth. With over 10 million voters participating in the election to choose parliamentary members, the outcome could reshape the political landscape of Portugal and determine the country’s future direction.