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Portuguese interior minister resigns after deadly fires

Since the beginning of the year, Portugal has faced many forest fires that have made more than one hundred dead. The government has since been criticized for its management of the disaster.

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Portuguese interior minister resigns after deadly fires
Criticized for its management of deadly fires that ravaged Portugal this year, Minister of Interior, Constança Urbano de Sousa, resigned from government on Wednesday 18 October.

Prime Minister Antonio Costa, at head of Socialist government supported in parliament by alternative left, accepted his departure, according to a communiqué from his cabinet.

Since beginning of year, Portugal has been facing many forest fires. In June, 64 people had found death in a fire in centre of country. And Sunday and Monday, se are more than 40 people who died in fires in norrn half of Portugal. On Tuesday, three days of national mourning were decreed in country.


As victims ' record continues to get heavier, hundreds of people showed up on Tuesday evening in Lisbon to protest government's management of cries of "shame" or "resignation".

The right-wing party CDS-PP, which has 18 deputies out of 230, even tabled a motion of censure against government in Parliament. But until Wednesday, head of government of Antonio Costa had resisted, saying that it was "a little childish attitude to believe that political consequences go through resignation of ministers".

In Face of critics of his opponents about government's inability to prevent a new catastrophe, Mr. Costa promised to "move from speech to deeds" by leading "deep reforms" in forest management and firefighting. "After this year, nothing should remain as before," he also launched


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