Portuguese PM António Costa resigns.

Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa resigned after investigators searched his official residence in an inquiry into alleged corruption.

He said he had not been named as a suspect but believed the inquiry was incompatible with staying in office.

Prosecutors said on Tuesday they were investigating concessions awarded for lithium mines and hydrogen production.

They said detention warrants were issued for five people including Mr Costa's chief of staff, Vítor Escária.

Público newspaper reported that Mr Escária had been detained.

Infrastructure Minister João Galamba has meanwhile been indicted as part of the inquiry into energy deals.

Mr Costa said he was caught by surprise by the corruption investigation but promised to collaborate with it.

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he had accepted the prime minister's resignation and summoned political parties for consultations on Wednesday.

Source: www.bbc.com


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