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Yearbook 2004

Portugal. According to CountryAAH, the total population in Portugal is 10,196,720 people in 2020. Portuguese Prime Minister José Manuel Barroso resigned in July after being elected President of the European Commission a month earlier, a position he assumed in October. Barroso was succeeded by Lisbon's Mayor Pedro Santana Lopes of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD).

2004 Portugal

Flag - PortugalThe Opposition Socialist Party had demanded re-election and party leader Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues resigned in protest when President Jorge Sampaio rejected the demand for the country's stability. José Sócrates, former Minister of the Environment, was elected new leader of the socialists. Although Lopes declared himself willing to continue in Barroso's political footsteps, only six ministers were allowed to remain in the new government formed in July. Leading Finance Minister Manuela Ferreira Leite chose to leave the government in protest against Lopes, whom she considered populist. The new government soon received sharp criticism for an overly lax economic policy. At the end of November, the president dissolved parliament and announced a new election until February 20, 2005. Lope's government would remain in office until the new election.

The charge against Paulo Pedroso, Member of Parliament for the Socialist Party and former Minister of Labor, for involvement in the extensive and well-known pedophile scandal surrounding the Casa Pia orphanage in Lisbon was dropped in May. Pedroso immediately announced his intention to make a political comeback. The pedophile heritage, which was unveiled in 2003, had then been going on for a couple of decades. Several well-known people in high positions in society were arrested in connection with the police investigation. Prosecution was brought against ten people. Three of them had been acquitted at the end of the year, while seven trials were still ongoing. Over a hundred children must have been abused and raped at Casa Pia.

In June, football fever broke out in Portugal, which then hosted the European Football Championship. Tough security measures were taken before the event and many foreign hooligans were rejected at the border. Despite some street violence in connection with certain matches, the competition became a success for Portugal. The host country took silver after surprisingly losing to Greece in the final by 1-0.

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