Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa resigned on Tuesday, after police raided his official residence as a part of a corruption investigation.
Cops searched Costa’s official residence and detained his chief of workers, Vítor Escária, Portugal’s lawyer normal said earlier Tuesday.
According to an announcement issued by the Portuguese Prosecutor’s Office, Costa — who has been prime minister of Portugal since 2015 — is himself being investigated as a part of the probe.
The investigation is linked to lithium exploration schemes within the north of the nation and a inexperienced hydrogen mega-project in Sines.
Costa’s Socialist authorities has enthusiastically backed quite a few schemes to extract lithium in numerous areas of Portugal as a part of the EU’s wider drive to safe vital uncooked supplies, however these initiatives have been mired in controversy due to the low high quality of the weather set to be extracted and the disproportionate environmental damage anticipated from the operations.
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