The alleged corruption case involving Antonio Costa, which became known on Tuesday and which prompted the government official to resign as prime minister, has become news across borders. From the Spanish newspaper El Economista to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the dismissal of the Portuguese governor did not go unnoticed.
“Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa resigns as the corruption crisis explodes,” As the Financial Times writes. In the neighboring country, El País and El Economista both reported dismissals due to “possible corruption in several awards.” In France too, the Portuguese case did not go unnoticed, as Le Monde and Le Echos reported on the event.
The discussion revolves around an investigation into the hydrogen and lithium business that has already led to the arrest of five people, including Vitor Escaría, Antonio Costa’s chief of staff, and Lacerda Machado, one of Costa’s closest friends.
Antonio Costa announced, in a message to the country, early this afternoon, that he had submitted his resignation to the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and that he would not submit it again. “It is a phase of life that is coming to an end,” he said, ensuring that the functions of “head held high” and “clear conscience” cease.
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