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Portugal's new government delayed by 157,000 invalid votes from abroad.

Portugal's new Socialist government may not be sworn-in until March due to thousands of invalid election votes.

On Tuesday, the country's Constitutional Court voided around 80% of mail-in ballots that were cast by Portuguese citizens living abroad in Europe.

The court said that more than 157,000 votes were unaccompanied by an identity document and were therefore invalid.

The election must now be rerun at 139 voting stations across Europe, it added.

Portuguese political parties had earlier reached a verbal agreement to scrap the requirement for voters to send a copy of an official ID document with their postal ballots.


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