Portugal’s President Rebelo de Sousa Tests Positive for Coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa arrives to attend a visit and a dinner at the Orsay Museum on the eve of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, in Paris, France, November 10, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa tested positive for Covid-19 late on Monday but has no symptoms of the virus.

Rebelo de Sousa, 72, is self-isolating and has canceled his agenda for the coming days, according to a statement posted on the presidency’s website.

Rebelo de Sousa is seeking a second term in the presidential election scheduled for Jan. 24. In Portugal, the prime minister and his government set policy. The president is mainly a figurehead, though he has the authority to appoint the premier and dissolve parliament.

SOURCE: Bloomberg, Henrique Almeida