PM de Portugal demite-se por investigação sobre corrupção
November 8, 2023 - O Primeiro ministro de Portugal, António Costa, anunciou a sua demissão depois de os investigadores realizarem buscas na sua residência oficial num inquérito a alegada corrupção.
Costa, who prosecutors said was the target of a related investigation, announced the decision in a televised statement after meeting President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
He said his conscience was clear, but he would not stand as candidate for a fourth time as premier.
It is up to the president now to decide whether to allow Costa's Socialists, who have a majority in parliament, to form a new government or to dissolve parliament and call an election, Reuters said.
Prosecutors said on Tuesday they were investigating concessions awarded for lithium mines and hydrogen production.
They said detention warrants were issued for five people including Costa's chief of staff, Vítor Escária, according to the BBC.