Portugal's caretaker government to pursue projects with EU funds
Portugal's president said on Saturday that the outgoing government would next week formally become a caretaker administration, unable to make long-term
policy decisions, but he would approve decrees to ensure access to EU recovery funds.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa resigned on Nov. 7 over an investigation into alleged illegalities in his government's handling of "green" energy projects and a large-scale data centre.
Prosecutors are also investigating Costa, who denied any wrongdoing.
His resignation, leading to President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa deciding to dissolve parliament on Jan. 15 and calling an election for March 10, left the country facing months of uncertainty.
The president said on Saturday that, after the cabinet meeting on Dec. 7, which "will approve fundamental decisions for the Portuguese economy", he will formally decree the resignation of the government and it will act as a caretaker government from Dec. 8 until the election.