New Cabinet Unveiled in Portugal: Prominent Figures to Tackle Housing and Economic Challenges”.

Luís Montenegro assembles a heavyweight Government with no far-right ministers

Seven weeks after being ordered to form a government by the President of the Republic, Luís Montenegro returned to the Belém Palace. During a brief meeting with the Head of State, he revealed the names of his chosen team members. The list, which had been kept secret until then, was released shortly thereafter.

To prepare for uncertain and unstable times due to parliamentary weakness, Montenegro surrounded himself with a team of political heavyweights. Key positions in the new government have been assigned to prominent figures such as MEP Paulo Rangel, who will handle Foreign Affairs, Joaquim Miranda Sarmiento, who will serve as Minister of Finance, and Miguel Pinto Luz, who will oversee Infrastructure and Housing. The team faces significant challenges such as TAP’s privatization and housing issues affecting the middle class and youth.

Miranda Sarmiento inherits a positive fiscal scenario, with the largest budget surplus in 50 years. This surplus will allow the new team to address demands for salary improvements in various professional groups. Despite pressure from Chega’s leader André Ventura, Montenegro excluded Chega from the Government, causing tension between him and its leader.

The new Cabinet includes seven women in key ministerial positions. Montenegro’s decision to exclude Chega reflects his commitment to governing with PS. The future Government is expected to navigate a complex political landscape with challenges such as addressing salary demands and managing parliamentary scrutiny.

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