Portugal. According to
Countryaah official website, the Portuguese ruling Socialist Party, Partido
Socialista (PS), won a convincing victory in the autumn
parliamentary elections. The party won 44% of the vote
against the 32.5% that the Conservative Social Democratic
opposition party, Partido Social Democrata (PSD), had to
Prime Minister António Guterres and his party, however,
failed to gain a majority in parliament as PS managed to get
only 113 of the 230 seats. The Guterre government benefited
from the general economic downturn in Portugal, and the
prime minister himself enjoys great popularity among the
Guterres had gone to the election with promises of
painful economic reforms, and his comment that PS did not
succeed in gaining a majority in Parliament was: "The people
did not feel we deserved better". The Communist Party,
Partido Comunista Portugues (PCP), was similar to the
right-wing Liberal People's Party, Partido Popular (PP), in
less than 10% of the vote.
However, Portuguese revolutionary leader Ernesto Melo
Antunes died of lung cancer in the summer. He was the brain
behind the political reform program designed in the army to
end 40 years of dictatorship and which led to the bloody
revolution of 1974, when Portugal became a democracy.
The world-famous Portuguese fado singer Amália Rodrigues
passed away in the fall. Fado are melancholic songs that
began to be sung in Lisbon's poor neighborhoods and
eventually penetrated into the lounges and on the
international stages thanks in large part to Amália
In November 2016, the government announced plans to
exempt victims of sexual harassment, rape, circumcision,
slavery and trafficking in order to pay court costs.
In January 2017, Parliament passed a transgender identity
law. The law made it easier to change names and genders.
Also in January, Portuguese António Guterres assumed the
post of UN Secretary-General. He was UN High Commissioner
for Refugees in 2005-15.
Costa's government was popular in Portugal. Opinion polls
in March 2017 showed a 42% support for his social democracy.
An increase of 10% compared to the elections in 2015. At the
municipal elections in October, the party received the mayor
post in 158 out of 308 municipalities. The party's support
during the election was 38%.
In July, the country won the European Football
Championship with a 1-0 victory over the host country
The country was exposed to heavy forest fires in 2017.
Fires in the Pedrogão Grande in June cost 65 lives, and a
number of fires cost 41 lives in October. In October, the
opposition party CDS set a distrust agenda for the
government because it could not prevent the loss of human
lives in the fires. The opposition's attempt to give the
government responsibility for natural disasters was
expressed as its desperation for the government's success.
The minority government was supported by the left and was
not voted down.
In 2001, Portugal decriminalized the use of drugs. The
result has since been a dramatic reduction in the crime
associated with drugs and a dramatic reduction in the number
of overdoses and sequelae. At the same time, the community
put most of its prejudices on drug addicts on the shelf.