On Wednesday, the Council of State "gave a favourable opinion on the proposal of His Excellency the President of the Republic to dissolve the Assembly of the Republic," according to the statement released at the end of the meeting.
Of the parties represented in the Council of State, only PCP and BE had publicly expressed their disagreement with the option of dissolving the Assembly of the Republic and calling early elections following the rejection of the State Budget for 2022 in general.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa considered "it is essential to listen to the Council of State and hear the councillors' reasons" about the dissolution, declaring that "it is not a mere 'pro forma'".
The head of state said that he would "talk to the country at the beginning of the evening" today, about "the issue of dissolution, yes or no; if so, what will be the date of the elections".
As for the date of the elections, when he first warned of a scenario of dissolution, on October 13, the President of the Republic predicted that they would take place in January.