Parliament approved Mais Habitação Program with PS isolated in the vote in favor

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The Mais Habitação program was approved today in parliament, in a final global vote, with the PS bench voting alone for the legislative package that advances changes in terms of rent, licensing or local accommodation.

PSD, Chega, Iniciativa Liberal, PCP and Bloco de Esquerda voted against the proposal, while Livre and PAN chose to abstain, repeating the vote observed on May 19 during the general consideration by the plenary.

The opposition parties have brought several of the amendments they had tabled – and which were rejected in the special session – to a vote in plenary and have strongly criticized the PS bench, albeit for different reasons, in the presentation of the respective requests.

For the PS, Maria Begonha stressed that “between a left-wing perspective in which the entire rental market would have to be controlled” and the perspective of the right, “there is no possible consensus”.

All the rules put forward by the opposition parties were rejected, confirming the vote observed in the special voting process by the housing working group set up within the Economy Committee.

The presentation of the calls for proposals and the votes were accompanied in the galleries by people dressed in black shirts, linked to local housing, who left the moment the parties got up to vote against the government’s Mais Habitação bill, beating their feet as they left the place, which led the president of the Assembly of the Republic to interrupt the vote until they left and the noise ended.

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