Portuguese Communist Party chief temporarily withdraws from election campaign

Portugal’s Communist Party leader temporarily withdraws from the country’s Jan. 30 election campaign due to emergency heart surgery

De Sousa will undergo surgery on Wednesday and is expected to return to action next weekend.

He will be replaced in the campaign by two members of the party’s central committee who also represent parliament.

De Sousa, a former factory worker and union member, has been a lawmaker for four years and has led the Portuguese Communist Party for the past 18 years.

The January 30 vote will elect 230 lawmakers who, in turn, vote for the government of an elected party. The Portuguese Communist Party has 10 seats in the outgoing parliament.