Chega's president André Ventura on election day

Constitutional Court decrees right wing Chega to be… illegal

After all the song and dance of pre-election campaigning, indeed the municipal elections themselves, it appears the Portuguese who voted for right-wing Chega were voting for an ‘illegal party’. The Constitutional Court has agreed with the Public Ministry: the Statutes of the party, agreed in Évora last year, should never have been drawn up in the way that they were. “In this way everything decided since falls apart”, explain reports, highlighting “internal organs created, the decisions taken by them” even the ‘ethics committee’. They are all illegal, and without foundation. The party smarting from fairly dismal election results will now have to pull itself together and “restore the legality of its statutes”, explains SIC television news. This appears to be underway as we write.