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).
The 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.