Portugal is witnessing a state of anticipation this Wednesday, after the resignation of Socialist Prime Minister Antonio Costa, amid a major corruption scandal. The case concerns suspicions of “embezzlement, positive and negative corruption of political office holders, and influence-peddling” in the granting of concessions for lithium exploration and hydrogen production in particular. He himself was going to intervene to “lift the proceedings” and is currently under investigation. Currently, an arrest warrant has been issued for the Director of the Prime Minister’s Office, Vitor Escarria. The Portuguese Minister of Infrastructure, João Galamba, has been charged, as has the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Portuguese Environmental Protection Agency (APA).
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